Category: Irish News

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…

Trócaire’s Lenten campaign begins

Over one million Trócaire boxes will be delivered to homes and schools across Ireland this week in order to raise funds for vulnerable people globally. The charity’s Lenten campaign is Ireland’s largest fundraiser and saw €8.5m donated last year. This year’s campaign focuses upon the Koroma family in Freetown, Sierra Leone, who were affected by…

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…

Enforce 
rules
 to
 tackle 
‘feverish’ 
rent
 rises,
 Focus
 urges

Ireland’s rising rents are “like a fever”, Focus Ireland has said, calling for the Government to implement rules effectively. Commenting on a DAFT report revealing average national rents to be €1,227 per month, with rents on the rise nationwide, Focus Ireland Advocacy Director Mike Allen said Ireland’s housing system is “truly dysfunctional”. “These massive rent…

Swinford
 priest
 t
o run Achonry

Fr Dermot Meehan has been elected Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry, following last Sunday’s installation of Bishop Brendan Kelly as the new Bishop of Galway, Kilfenora and Kilmacduagh. Fr Meehan, who will continue in his ministry as parish Priest of Swinford, Co. Mayo, will now be responsible for the day-to-day running of the diocese and will represent it at plenary meetings of the Irish Episcopal Conference in Maynooth. The Diocese of Achonry, which includes parts of counties Mayo, Roscommon, and Sligo, has a Catholic population of 34,826 and 30 active priests, consists of 23 parishes and 48 churches