Category: Irish News

Call for State to streamline school vetting

The Government has been urged to streamline the process for vetting people to work in schools amidst a huge backlog in the safeguarding system. Changes in the vetting process, to ensure that people are safe to work with children, led to a “very large upsurge” in applications for such clearance, according to Seamus Mulconry General…

Priest questions Dublin City honour for Obama

A Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Dublin has questioned the awarding of the freedom of Dublin to former US President Barrack Obama. In a message on social media reacting to news that Lord Mayor Brendan Carr had proposed the honour during a City Council meeting, Fr Pádraig Ó Cochláin of St Canice’s in Finglas…

Focus urges caution on ‘friendly vulture fund’ plan

A leading homelessness campaigner has expressed reservations about the proposal for the State to set up a so-called ‘friendly vulture fund’ to aid people experiencing mortgage distress. Such a charitable organisation that would buy distressed loans from hard-pressed homeowners and allow them to stay in their homes would be a key step in tackling Ireland’s…

Maureen’s pink angel inspires fundraising ball

A fundraising ball for health services in Co. Clare, prompted by a young woman’s unshakeable belief in angels, will take place this May 20. The Pink Angel Ball owes its name to the description Maureen Lavery offered of the figure she said was accompanying her through her final months with terminal cancer. Maureen died in…

‘Love is all you need’

Valentine’s Day gets a re-boot for couples Irish couples are being encouraged to get all loved up this St Valentine’s Day as part of the countdown to next year’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The event’s organisers are hopeful that, since Dublin is also home to the famous Shrine of St Valentine the patron…

Leah O’ Sullivan (5) from Portlaoise holds a St Brigid’s cross during Mass for the opening of Catholic Schools Week in the church of Ss Peter & Paul, Portlaoise on Sunday, January 29. Photo: John McElroy

Papal biographer rejects Flannery-Francis comparisons

Claims by a controversial priest that he resembles Pope Francis are misplaced, a bestselling papal biographer has said. Speaking on RTÉ radio at the weekend, Fr Tony Flannery denied that he disagrees with fundamental Church teaching continuing: “In fact, I would suspect that I am closer to the teaching and the attitude of Pope Francis…