New Burren farming plan branded a ‘step backwards’

Changes to the award-winning Burren Programme have been poorly received, and criticised as a “step backwards” and “unfeasible” by Columban and ecologist Fr Sean McDonagh. Around 330 farmers currently participate in the Burren Programme, which is a local agri-environmental climate measure started in 2016, and is to be replaced by the new Agri Climate Rural…

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Questions of Faith

Faith Development What is heaven? Heaven is often depicted in movies and tv shows as a radiant, sunny respite in the clouds, where the dead gather like fleshy angels against the backdrop of a perfect blue sky to enjoy their white robes and harps forevermore. Is there any truth to this image? If so, where…

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Politicians criticise hate crime legislation’s ‘lack of clarity’

Politicians have expressed concerns about the “subjectivity” and “lack of clarity” present in the proposed ‘hate crime’ legislation, which will add gender, including gender expression and identity, and disability to a list of “protected characteristics”. Speaking to The Irish Catholic newspaper, Independent TD for Clare Michael McNamara said that he has concerns about the bill…

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Surrogacy legislation the height of hypocrisy

Out of sight, out of mind as Ireland seeks to offload harms of surrogacy to other countries, writes Jason Osborne Government sources have reportedly confirmed media rumours over the weekend that they’re looking to ban commercial surrogacy in Ireland, while permitting it abroad in legislation set to come before Cabinet this week. If that seems…

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Irish interfaith pioneer in the US dies at 103

Laois-native Fr Bill Treacy has left a loving legacy in the US, writes Jason Osborne Irish priest Fr William ‘Bill’ Treacy died Sunday, October 16 in Washington state at the age of 103, with many believing him to have been the oldest priest in the USA. Fr Treacy was well-known among Seattle’s Irish community, ministering…

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