Bishops decry plans for Troubles amnesty

The British government’s plan to ban all Troubles-related criminal and civil actions as well as legacy inquests, has been described as “deeply disheartening” and would “perpetuate pain” according to Irish bishops. The Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry both criticised last week’s announcement. Archbishop Eamon said that…

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Stopping stigmas attached to disability during a pandemic

People with disabilities are often left behind in society but Christian Blind Mission has been working to ensure they are supported as the pandemic worsened their situation, Chai Brady writes The rights of people with disabilities in the developing world were “abused” during the pandemic as many of them were disproportionately affected by restrictions, according…

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Irish Govt ‘failing’ to tackle child trafficking

The Irish Government is failing to tackle child trafficking, which has moved further underground during the pandemic making it harder to identify, according to an Irish Sister of Mercy. Sr Patricia O’Donovan RSM, who founded the anti-human trafficking charity Mecpaths, told The Irish Catholic: “It is very disappointing. Ireland is really failing to meet the…

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‘Ireland failing to eliminate child trafficking’

Good conquers evil, but awareness and action needed as Ireland is ‘disappointing’ on human trafficking, charity founder and Irish RSM sister tells Chai Brady Ireland and Romania are the only countries in the EU that are on ‘tier two’ of a US watchlist due to inadequate responses taken to tackle human trafficking, which Pope Francis…

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A better way to blow up balloons

Children’s Corner Chemical reactions make for some great experiments. There is nothing wrong with conducting experiments which do not seem to have any immediate practical, real world benefit. However, sometimes we discover things that can make our lives just a bit easier. Perhaps you are tired of blowing up balloons before a party (hopefully there…

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