GPs to remain neutral in abortion referendum

The largest organisation representing General Practitioners in Ireland have decided to remain neutral in Ireland’s upcoming abortion referendum, it has been revealed. The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) issued a letter to members yesterday, February 15, acknowledging that each member was entitled to their opinions “as a matter of personal conscience”. “However, the Board…

Some couples ‘too poor to tie the knot’

Young couples hoping to tie the knot may get some reprieve from wedding costs as parish halls are encouraged to open for evening receptions. It comes as new research suggests that some couples are just too poor to get married. Bishop Denis Nulty – head of the Church’s marriage agency Accord – told The Irish…

Few asylum seekers to benefit from work green light

Despite a Supreme Court ruling that the ban on asylum seekers working is unconstitutional, Bishop Kevin Doran has warned that the Government’s minimalist approach to the ruling will mean very few people in direct provision will benefit. Bishop Kevin Doran welcomed the court’s decision, but said it was “disappointing” that the Government’s interim arrangement puts…

Uni dreams come true for asylum seeker

DCU helps those in direct provision reach third-level, Chai Brady writes   After being tortured in Africa and escaping to Ireland, an asylum seeker’s prayers were answered when he was accepted into university on his birthday. Shepherd Machayah lives in a Direct Provision centre in Portlaoise, and was “very, very worried” that his application to…

Families asked to work together on Lenten promises

Families are being encouraged to come together and discuss their ideas for Lent in order take on acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.  Focusing on those three themes ‘Our KandLe Family Lenten Promises’ is a first for the diocese, and was inspired by the upcoming World Meeting of Families 2018 (WMOF).  “It’s about…

Artsy students snatch prize in stroke of genius

After over 200 school entries and hundreds more applications the Fáilte Pope Francis competition has finally been announced and the awards will go to three lucky contestants from schools across Ireland. Aoife Murphy (7) from Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Bay Estate in Dundalk scooped the grand prize of €1,000 euro after displaying a level of…