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 A changed Ireland: Pope Francis  listening to the speech of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: EPA/Vatican Press Office

The symbolism of the setting for the Taoiseach’s speech in Dublin Castle on Saturday bore down from above with a heavy weight. Beneath a ceiling pane(...)

A woman attends a vigil at the site of the Tuam babies graveyard where the bodies of 796 babies where uncovered at a site of a former  home for unmarried mothers and their children in Tuam. Co Galway. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The gathering set off from the Square in Tuam just before three o’clock on a slow walk up to the old home. Teddy bears and cuddly toys had been tied (...)

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

When Pope Francis flew into the west of Ireland on Sunday morning, he may have felt there was a “lot done, more to do”. During his 90 minutes in east(...)

The Pope’s visit to Ireland, the first since Pope John Paul II’s overwhelming reception in 1979, would always have made global headlines. However, ag(...)

Pope Francis waves from the steps of his Aer Lingus jet  during a farewell ceremony upon his departure at Dublin Airport in Dublin on Sunday evening. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has made a plea for forgiveness at the closing event of a two-day trip to Ireland which has been dominated by the issue of sexual and ins(...)

 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors, met Pope Francis on Saturday along with other surviours of clerical abuse. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis referred to those who cover up child abuse in the Catholic Church as “caca” – the Spanish word which the official translator interpreted (...)

Historian Catherine Corless said she would attend a vigil in Tuam which will take place at the same time as the papal Mass on Sunday. File photograph: Reuters

Historian Catherine Corless has turned down an invitation from the Taoiseach’s office to attend a civic reception for Pope Francis. She told Newstal(...)

Somebody’s Child mural covered up in Temple Bar. Photograph: Mannix Flynn

Netting used to cover the “Somebody’s Child” mural in Temple Bar on Wednesday night was put up deliberately in preparation for a new mural ahead of th(...)

Migrating to Britain may appear to be a pragmatic choice in hindsight, but we know very little about how the women who chose to do so fared after leaving.

Being a single mother can be extremely challenging. Being a single mother in Ireland from the 1920s to 1980s was arguably even more so. In the early (...)

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