Pope Francis is to visit Cuba as part of a trip that will also see him address the US Congress

Pope Francis may make Cuban visit on US trip

17 Apr Pope Francis may visit Cuba this September as part of a trip that will also take him to the United States, the Vatican has announced, although discussions with Cuban authorities are at an early stage.

A number of religious groups have signed the petition opposing the referendum

Call for conscience clause in referendum

15 Apr A petition calling on Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to include a conscience clause as part of the same-sex marriage referendum has been initiated online.

A protest at the Department of Justice to mark 15 years of direct provision

15 years of direct provision 'regrettable'

10 Apr Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said the 15th anniversary of direct provision today is not an occasion to be proud of and marks a regrettable period in Irish history.

Father Sean Healy said there needed to be a serious discussion about the level of services needed and how they would be funded

Group calls for increased tax intake

07 Apr Social Justice Ireland has said the overall level of tax intake in Ireland needs to increase to meet the needs of services such as health, education and social housing.

Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square

Pope prays for Kenya in Easter message

05 Apr Pope Francis has prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his "Urbi et Orbi" message and commemorated the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.

Pope Francis washes a prisoner's feet during the traditional Washing of the feet at the Rebibbia jail in Rome

Pope Francis washes the feet of 12 inmates

02 Apr Pope Francis said he wants to be a servant of society's neediest as he presided at a Holy Thursday Mass where an altar-server was a man convicted of multiple homicides.

Tusla has apologised for the shortcomings discovered by the review

Child protection review critical of some services

26 Mar An independent review of 12 deaths of children who were in State care or known to child protection services has criticised a series of shortcomings in the State's social work and mental health services.