Category: Irish News

Vatican hosts Baptism of Conor McGregor’s son

St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was the site of Conor McGregor’s newborn son, Rían’s, Baptism last weekend. The fighter’s family were said to have arrived at the Vatican in minibuses, entering through a door that leads directly to the Choir Chapel, where baptisms can take place inside the Basilica. It is often a lengthy…

Latest stats show increase in GPs providing abortion

An inquiry to the HSE has revealed that there are currently 402 GPs contracted to provide abortion in the Republic, a rise on last year’s figure. A paper published by the National Women’s Council earlier this year revealed that, as of April 2020, 373 GPs had signed contracts with the HSE to provide abortions, indicating…

Restrictions on religious worship lifted on Friday

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced on Tuesday that all religious worship and weddings can proceed at full capacity from Friday, October 22. However, mask wearing and other protective measures will remain in place. This is the first time Mass can be conducted at full capacity in the South since March 2020, while this has been…

ACP’s comparison of Church to Taliban ‘stomach churning’

Jason Osborne and Chai Brady Prominent Catholic laywomen have described comments from a priest comparing the Church’s treatment of women to the extremists of the Taliban as “very offensive”. Fr Roy Donovan, one of the clerics leading the Association of Catholic Priests, defended his comments this week admitting that it was an “extreme” comparison but…

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Push for commemoration of pagan Brigid ‘bad history’

The current trend pushing for a public holiday commemorating St Brigid as a ‘celtic goddess’ is “disingenuous” and “reflects people’s ignorance of history”, a prominent Church historian has said. Recent trends, including a campaign to make St Brigid’s day Ireland’s new public holiday, have emphasised the Celtic, pre-Christian goddess Bríg, rather than the “genuine, historical…

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