Category: Irish News

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Conscientious objection in three hospitals has been cited as stopping the full rollout of abortion services in Ireland. According to a Freedom of Information request received by the Journal.ie, Letterkenny University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital and Wexford General Hospital each have issues with providing full services due to staff conscientiously objecting. Correspondence outlining abortion provision…

New bishop-elect called to do ‘Lord’s work’

Madison Duddy and Colm Fitzpatrick Bishop-elect Michael Duignan has said he was “shocked” when Pope Francis appointed him as the next bishop of Clonfert, but felt “called to stay and do the Lord’s work”. It was announced on Tuesday that the Elphin priest had been given the role, taking the reins from now-retired Bishop John…

Autistic children focused on by Church in State dialogue

The Archbishop of Dublin raised the “challenges faced by parents of children with autism” during closed Government talks last week. The plenary meeting of the Church-State dialogue included 28 representatives of Churches, Faith Communities and Non-Confessional Organisations. According to the Archdiocese of Dublin their delegates “spoke on respect for and protection of the specific contribution…

Govt climate emergency veto ‘deeply undemocratic’

Church environmental lobbyists have criticised the Government’s blocking of the Climate Emergency Measures Bill, describing it as having acted as “judge, jury and executioner”. The bill to bar the granting of new licences for oil and gas exploration in Ireland had passed two separate votes in the Dáil last year, but was prevented from moving…

Bring trainee priests back home

Candidates preparing for the priesthood should begin their initial year of formation in Ireland rather than abroad, a Waterford priest has said. Since 2016, it has been common for would-be priests to take part in a propaedeutic, or pre-seminary, year to help them discern their vocation. While some Irish candidates complete their preparatory year in…

Thousands of pro-lifers march to defend unborn

About 10,000 people marched to support the right to life in Dublin over the weekend with the hopes to change culture, oppose Ireland’s new abortion law and defend conscience rights for medical professionals. People of all religions and none, ages, genders and ethnicities attended the Rally For Life, which took place in Dublin on Saturday.…