Dear editor, I am writing in response to the article by Cathal Barry titled ‘Govt wants Pope to make Magdalen nuns pay out’ (IC 3/7/14). I agree with Lucinda Creighton that this would be a positive step. It is not enough to make apologies. Those who have been affected by the Magdalen laundries should be…

Dear Editor, I have been privileged to know the former President, Mrs McAleese, since 1995. So I cannot stand idly by and pass unmoved when I see her good name and reputation vilified by your columnist Mary Kenny – ‘Mary Kenny knows how to craft a headline’ (IC 26/6/2014). I would never, ever accuse Mary…

Dear Editor, Regarding the publication by the Department of Health of the abortion guidelines to accompany the so-called Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013, the Fine Gael/Labour Government have done exactly what some members of the pro-life movement predicted: the Government waited until after the 2014 Local and European Elections before publishing their life-ending…

Workers from Cregg Stone Ltd setting the marble in place around the new altar in St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, as work on what is believed to be the biggest restoration project in Western Europe continues apace towards conclusion. Each day more steel supports are removed from under the arches and between the pillars, revealing…

Sr Colette Dennehy enjoying her final moments at Holy Cross Mercy school in Killarney, Co. Kerry with pupils Eabha Stack, Lucas Cronin, Brayden Slattery, Aisling Crowe and Sarah O’Donoghue, on her retirement from the teaching staff after 44 years and as the last Mercy sister teaching at the school. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan