Pope Francis described the 'existential and moral ordeal' faced by women who have terminated pregnancies

Pope to allow Holy Year abortion forgiveness

01 Sep Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year.

The Catholic Church handed over the premises as part of a national process to provide diversity of choice for parents

Remote location delays opening of new school

27 Aug The opening of a multi-denominational primary school that was due to serve the town of Castlebar from next month has been deferred until next year as its patron says it is too remote.

Riot police have been deployed to the area by Macedonian authorities

UN voices concern over Macedonian border clashes

21 Aug The United Nations has voiced concern at force used by Macedonian riot police to disperse refugees trying to enter from Greece and urged the government to establish "orderly management" of its borders.

Migrants stand as lorries drive past on the road leading to the ferry port in Calais

France and Britain target migrant traffickers

20 Aug Britain and France have announced new measures to prevent undocumented migrants entering the Channel Tunnel, while stepping up joint police operations against the people-smugglers who profit from their desperation to reach the UK.

People protest against the murder of secular bloggers

Briton held over murder of Bangladeshi bloggers

18 Aug Bangladesh's elite security force has arrested three suspected Islamist militants, including a British citizen who police said was the "main planner" of the murders of two prominent atheist bloggers.

Timothy Dolan addresses pilgrims at their final Mass in Ballintubber Abbey, Co Mayo

Protection of US diocese from litigation defended

16 Aug A US cardinal archbishop has accused opponents of quoting out of context his 2007 statement to the Vatican that he was strengthening a diocese's protection against litigation by child sexual abuse victims by putting most of its assets into a trust fund.

Police used fire extinguishers to try to disperse the crowd

Greek police clash with migrants on Kos

11 Aug Greek police used fire extinguishers and batons against migrants on the island of Kos, as tensions boiled over in a sports stadium where hundreds, including young children, had gathered to wait for immigration papers.

The Ombudsman for Children said the HSE seemed to think monitoring centres was a discretionary activity

Advocates critical of residential care delays

07 Aug Advocates for children in care have criticised the prediction by the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, that it could take over a year to implement recommendation to transfer the inspection of privately-run children's residential centres to the independent watchdog, HIQA.

Families are being accommodated in hotels paid for by a council credit card

Family left homeless as council card 'maxed out'

07 Aug The case of a woman and her three children left without emergency accommodation because a credit card used by Dublin City Council's homeless service had reached its limit has been described as an "inhumane" situation.

Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Chakrabarti was killed by a gang who broke into his apartment

Secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

07 Aug A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka this morning in the fourth such murder in Bangladesh since the start of the year, an activist group and police have said.

HIQA published the report today

Roscrea home reimburses resident

07 Aug The management of a residential centre for older people with intellectual disabilities has reimbursed a resident who purchased furniture that is being used by fellow-residents.

Members of the public were alerted by the baby's cries, a police officer reached down the pipe to extract the girl

Baby girl abandoned in Beijing bathroom

03 Aug A newborn baby girl has been found abandoned in a Beijing public toilet and fell head-first down the pipe after her mother apparently gave birth in the facility.