A new bill providing for Magdalene women's healthcare makes no mention of a special medical card

Government urged to honour Magdalene pledges

19 Jan The Government has been challenged to honour its promise to provide survivors of Magdalene laundries with the healthcare services recommended in the Quirke report 18 months ago.

The US Supreme Court will examine cases in four states in April

US Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

17 Jan The US Supreme Court has agreed to rule whether same-sex couples across the country should have the right to marry, setting the stage for a final historic decision.

Francis called for a more just and caring society in the Philippines

Pope urges Philippine govt to tackle corruption

16 Jan Pope Francis has called on the Philippine government to tackle corruption and hear the cries of the poor suffering from "scandalous social inequalities" in Asia's most Catholic country.

Thousands of participants at an Anti-PEGIDA rally in Dresden, Germany

March against anti-Islamic protests in Germany

12 Jan About 100,000 Germans demonstrated nationwide today against anti-Islamic protests and to voice their support for an open and multicultural society, national news agency DPA reported.

Santa hats in Berlin in November - Brunei criticised citizens for wearing such hats

Brunei bans Christmas celebrations

08 Jan Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas for fear of Muslims being led astray, its religious affairs ministry said this morning.

Tributes have been paid around the world to the victims of yesterday's attack

Dublin-based cleric warns over Muhammad depictions

08 Jan One of the leading figures in the Irish Muslim community has said that violence can never be justified by any religion, describing yesterday's attack in Paris which left 12 people dead as an atrocity.

Pope Francis denounced situations where the poor were made to feel like criminals

Pope condemns corruption in Rome

01 Jan Pope Francis condemned administrators and criminals in Rome who allegedly pocketed public funds meant to help poor migrants, saying the eternal city needed a "spiritual and moral renewal".

The problem of human trafficking poses a worldwide challenge

United fight against human trafficking urged

01 Jan Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said local communities, including church and voluntary organisations, can along with gardaí help build up a picture of exploitation taking place in the area of human trafficking.