In his Easter message, Catholic Primate of all Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady has strongly condemned abortion and euthanasia.

Echoing his message of last Christmas, Cardinal Brady called on Catholics and all people of goodwill to celebrate and cherish the gift of human life in all its stages from conception to its natural end.

The move increases pressure on the Government, which has promised to legislate for abortion where the life of the mother is at risk.

In his Easter message, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Dr Michael Jackson warned that peace on the island is both precious and elusive and has slipped between our fingers in the past.

He said Christianity is at its most destructive where it luxuriates in internal division and this is the very opposite of Christ-given peace.

He cautioned that Christianity can no longer afford such luxuries.

Meanwhile, about a dozen seminarians from the Irish College served at the Good Friday ceremonies presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica.