It is too early to know if Pope Francis will come to the meeting in 2018

Dates for probable papal visit announced

14.08 The approximate dates for a papal visit to Ireland have been published with the announcement that Pope Francis has decided that the World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin in late August 2018.

The CSO is reminding everyone of the importance of census data in influencing the development of policy

96% of census forms collected

14.06 The Central Statistics Office has said that 96% of census forms have been collected so far but 70,000 forms have yet to be returned.

Kevin Curtin said he was told he can no longer serve as a lector due to his political views

Politician dropped as Mass reader over views

20 May A member of the Social Democrats has requested a meeting with Bishop William Crean of Cloyne after he was dropped from his role as lector at a Cathedral in Cork as a result of his political views on the Eighth Amendment and the referendum on same-sex marriage.

The Church of Ireland has been publicly deeply divided over attitudes of its clergy and other members to gays and lesbians

Church rescinds invitation to anti-LGBT speaker

19 May The Church of Ireland Archdiocese of Dublin and Glendalough has said that the rector of one of its churches in Co Wicklow has rescinded an invitation to a controversial guest speaker who has written of rewiring the psyche of a gay man correctly to enable him to feel like a man again.

The pre-announced inspections took place over two days in November last year

HIQA critical of Dublin disability centre

17 May A HIQA inspection of a Health Service Executive residential centre for people with disabilities in Dublin has found two issues of major non-compliance with regulations.

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have criticised the proposals

Linking Child Benefit to school attendance opposed

12 May Opposition TDs and children's charities have called on the Government to give a clear undertaking that child benefit payments will not be linked to school attendance, a proposal put forward in the Programme for Government.

The cake in question was to feature Sesame Street characters

Lawyer labels cake refusal 'direct discrimination'

11 May The Christian owners of a bakery who refused to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage message directly discriminated against their customer, a lawyer for the Equality Commission said this afternoon.

The allegations of sexual abuse were made against the carer by a relative

Young adult left in home despite abuse concerns

08 May A person with intellectual disabilities was left in a foster home for some time after allegations of sexual abuse were raised about a foster carer in the home, RTÉ's This Week has learned.

Analysis found that supports for those living in Direct Provision have not improved in any meaningful way

Direct Provision recommendations not implemented

27 Apr A judge who chaired the government's review of the State's treatment of asylum seekers has called for the immediate regularisation of the status of about 2,500 people who have been here for five years or more.

Fr John Sullivan died in 1933

Pope approves Irish priest for beatification

27 Apr Pope Francis has approved the beatification of a Dublin priest John O'Sullivan celebrated for his work with the sick and dying in the then-impoverished villages of Co Kildare in the early 20th Century.