Taoiseach Enda Kenny has delivered the commencement address to more than 20,000 graduates of Boston College.
A report on suicide in Ireland has found that males between the ages of 16 and 20 are at an increased risk of taking their lives.
Childline received almost 800,000 calls last year, but one in three calls to the service went unanswered.
A quarter of gay people surveyed in a major EU poll say they have been subjected to attacks or violent threats in the past five years.
The 2013 National Famine Commemoration has taken place in Kilrush, Co Clare.
The official social services watchdog has criticised the HSE for failing to comply with child protection standards in counties Carlow and Kilkenny.
Two Church of Ireland bishops have clashed with the Government over education policy at their General Synod.
Over one quarter of Irish households have seen a close family member emigrate in the past two years, according to a survey commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland.
The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin has called on the Government to amend its proposed abortion law.
Pope Francis will visit the poor and meet young prisoners when he travels to Brazil on his first international trip as Pontiff in July.
Funeral directors have welcomed a change in the law that means that bodies can be buried without coffins for the first time in more than 120 years.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has responded to Cardinal Seán Brady's comment that the Catholic Church would be "mobilising" in relation to the draft legislation on abortion.
Pope Francis has told nuns from around the world that they must be spiritual mothers and not "old maids".
Leaders of the Catholic Church in Ireland have called on people to lobby politicians with their objections to the proposed new law on abortion.
Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has described as unacceptable the length of time people have to wait for their applications for social welfare payments and appeals to be processed.
Turkey's national airline has barred female flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, in a move which has disturbed secular Turks who fear the country is becoming more Islamic.
Fr Raymond A Browne, a parish priest in Co Roscommon, has been appointed Bishop of Kerry.
New figures from the CSO show the number of primary school-aged children is projected to increase by up to 100,000 in the next eight years.
Two children from the Diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork have been confirmed by Pope Francis at a ceremony in St Peter's Square in Rome.
Up to 74 school girls in Afghanistan are ill after smelling gas and are being examined for possible poisoning.