Category: Irish News

Desperate search for survivors

Rescuers search for survivors after a building collapsed during a magnitude-6.4 earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan. Pope Francis sent condolences following the quake that hit as the island prepared to celebrate Chinese New Year. Photo: Paul Yang

Collins did not vote for Saunders suspension

Marie Collins, the Irish clerical abuse survivor who has been a member of Pope Francis’ child protection advisory panel since its foundation, has said she did not vote for the suspension of her colleague and fellow survivor Peter Saunders. Following a February 6 discussion about the “direction and purpose” of the Pontifical Commission for the…

Planning body rules against removal of Irish Catholic sign

An Bord Pleanála have rejected a Dublin hostels’ application to replace well-known The Irish Catholic sign on the facade of the building with the word “Paddywagon”. A conservation officer said the sign was “integral to the artistic, social and cultural significance of the building” on Dublin’s Lower Gardiner Street. The Paddywagon hostel operator and tour…

News in Brief

Gay cake appeal case adjourned The appeal by the Christian owners of a Belfast bakery who were found to have discriminated against a gay customer was adjourned last week to facilitate an intervention by Northern Ireland’s Attorney General. John Larkin QC made a last-minute request to make representation in the case about any potential conflict between the North’s equality legislation…

Church groups call for election focus on homelessness

The housing crisis should be a key issue in the general election, four Church-related social justice organisations have said. With family homelessness having risen by 90% last year and numbers on local authority waiting lists having more than doubled since 2005, the quartet claimed that many families and individuals are not benefitting from the national…

Irish shrines hope for Pope Francis boost

Some of Ireland’s most-prominent religious sites are hoping for a ‘Pope Francis effect’ boost during the Jubilee of Mercy which the Pontiff has proclaimed this year. Representatives were amongst a delegation of pilgrimage leaders from around the world who were in Rome to hear Pope Francis outline his view that pilgrimage is key to the…