Anti-euthanasia campaigners have called on Ireland’s media to avoid groupthink and follow the example of Britain’s newspapers in facilitating a relatively balanced debate on assisted suicide.  Speaking in advance of a September 11 House of Commons debate on an assisted suicide bill being introduced by Labour MP Robert Marris, Hope Ireland director Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick…

It was about seven on the evening of August 21, 1879, while it was still bright, that Mary McLoughlin, housekeeper to the parish priest of Knock, was on her way to visit the Byrne family who lived near the village church. Some distance away from the church she spotted an “extraordinary group” of figures by…

The Irish naval service is already learning lessons from the Mediterranean mission of the LÉ Eithne, according to the chaplain to the naval service. Fr Des Campion, who has served as naval chaplain for 26 years and has worked in Kosovo and the Lebanon, told The Irish Catholic that the LÉ Eithne’s mission was the…

Experts in religious education have challenged claims that the quality of the subject in Irish schools needs closer scrutiny, pointing out that an article arguing this admits that there is a lack of serious research on the subject. ‘Religion, Education, and Religious Education in Irish Schools’, by UCC professors Áine Hyland and Brian Bocking, recognises…

Funding for social housing has collapsed under the Fine Gael-Labour Government, according to data received by Fianna Fáil following a parliamentary question to Minister Alan Kelly. The data shows that there has been a 79% fall in funding for local authority housing, a 70% fall in funding for voluntary and housing co-operatives, and a 53%…