There has been an 85% increase in racist incidents reported during 2013.
The Vatican is to set up a special committee to improve measures to protect children against sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
A woman whose child was born as a result of a surrogacy is challenging the State's refusal to pay her maternity benefit.
A new smartphone alert app has been launched by gardaí to help safeguard children.
Stormont Justice Minister David Ford has said he believes a narrow change to abortion law in Northern Ireland is needed to address cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
Official figures show that the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has increased by almost 50% since April.
The Church of Ireland has ordained the first female bishop in Ireland or Britain
Focus Ireland has called for more effective measures to protect people from becoming homeless after it saw an 18% increase in calls for help in the first ten months of this year.
The funeral of Fr Alec Reid, who died last week, has taken place at Clonard in Belfast.
A proposed memorial to survivors of institutional abuse in the Garden of Remembrance has been refused by An Bord Pleanála.
The latest findings from the 'Growing Up in Ireland' survey show that 20% of five-year-old children are overweight or obese.
Sabina Higgins has said Ireland's Catholic missionaries have played a key role in providing for the health, educational and spiritual needs of people in the developing world.
The funeral has taken place in Co Donegal of Tom Gilmartin, a key witness in a major module of the Mahon Tribunal into planning corruption in Dublin.
A spokesperson from the homeless charity Trust has said that a draft plan to tackle homelessness in Dublin will not work.
The US has paid tribute to the "deep faith and moral courage" of the late Father Alec Reid for his role in helping bring peace to Northern Ireland.
US President John F Kennedy has been remembered as a transcendent leader of a rising nation at a ceremony in Dallas on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
A United Nations report has said Bangladesh must improve conditions in its garment industry if it is to maintain economic growth.
A senior member of the Troika has said the better-off sections of Irish society have borne the largest share of the brunt of the bailout programme.
Amnesty International has accused companies in Qatar of serious exploitation of migrant workers on construction projects for the 2022 World Cup.
A former British chairman of the Co-operative Bank has apologised after a newspaper reported that he has been caught buying and using illegal drugs including crystal meth, crack cocaine and ketamine.