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Concern over Children & Family Relationships Bill

Bill needs to be revised to better take into account the best interests of children warns new group, Mothers and Fathers Matter.


Child poverty increases in rich countries: UNICEF

"UNICEF report reveals shocking and frankly shameful data for Ireland": Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos.


Tax system penalises spouse working in home

Successive governments have been weakening support for the family through tax and spending policies.


Govt should research cost of family failure

Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare & Leighlin appointed president of ACCORD.


Church must listen to married couples: Archbishop

Lived experience and struggle of spouses can help find more effective ways of expressing fundamental elements of Church teaching Archbishop Martin tells Synod.


Amy Huberman teams up with Barnardos

Buckets for Barnardos highlights that one child in ten in Ireland is living in consistent poverty.


Church must place survivors at its centre

"A Church which talks about a preferential option for the poor must show unflinchingly a preferential option for those who have been victims of abuse" - Archbishop Martin.


Church must involve itself in debates on the family

Archbishop Martin speaks in defence of the family as a fundamental institution within society.


SVP slams European Commission over austerity

Social Justice Ireland critical of the “democratic deficit” in the EU and Ireland.


Broadcast commemorates children killed in 1916

40 under 17 years of age, out of the total 374 civilians, killed during Easter Rising.


Child beauty pageants unanimously opposed in Seanad

Pagents put children at risk of grooming and exploitation Barnardos chief warns.


Fourth tranche of NBSCCCI audits to be published today

Six dioceses and two religious congregations reviewed.


Bishop Nulty dismayed by same sex marriage referendum

Challenges importance society places on role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children.


“Every human life is unique” – Archbishop of Dublin

“We gather here this afternoon to reflect and to pray.  We gather to reflect on the gift and on the meaning of human life.  We pray for the fostering in our society and in our nation of a new culture of life.  We gather as disciples of Jesus Christ convinced of the power of prayer. 


Budget cuts will add to children’s hunger Barnardos warns

“Successive Governments have betrayed families," Barnardos’ CEO, Fergus Finlay.


SVP chides Government over child benefit cut

Benefit cuts could result in lower educational completion rates for children from lower income families


Parentline calls for greater level of filtering to block internet porn

Call for protections similar to those proposed by UK Government.


Archbishop Martin records choose life appeal and prayer

Archbishop Eamon Martin has recorded a powerful and direct appeal on EWTN for the Irish people to choose life and for the faithful to pray that abortion legislation will not be voted in. In a second recording he asks people to join with him as he prays the Choose Life prayer. You can view both recordings on


Abortion law passes second stage vote

The Pro Life Campaign said it is disappointed at the result of the Second Stage vote on abortion in the Dáil but welcomed the fact that an initial four Fine Gael TDs voted against the bill. The Dail the first vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill saw 138 TDs vote for the


Cardinal raises concerns about proposed abortion legislation

Cardinal Seán Brady raises legal and Constitutional concerns about the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 I am conscious that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, is entering the final stages of the legislative process in the Oireachtas.  In addition to the fundamental ethical concerns already raised by Bishops and others, this Bill


Creighton speaks out against proposed abortion laws

In her statement on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 Second Stage, Minister Lucinda Creighton T.D. yesterday (1st July 2013) said that she never imagined when she stood for election to Dáil Éireann that she would find herself, just two years later, speaking on a Government sponsored Bill to liberalise abortion law in


USCCB reacts to US Supreme Court on DOMA

The US Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and


Strong support for free vote on abortion: poll

More than 80 per cent of voters would prefer to see the abortion issue resolved by referendum than by the politicians in Leinster House, and 70 per cent believe that if legislators are to decide the issue they should be allowed a free vote. These are the findings of a poll released yesterday by the


Pastoral Letter in defence of unborn human life by Bishop of Cork & Ross

Very Reverend and Dear Father, The Government is proposing to introduce legislation for the first time in Irish history which will provide for the direct and intentional ending of the life of innocent human beings.  Few other actions of a Government undermine our values as a people more profoundly. It is always gravely wrong to


Irish aid agencies launch emergency appeal for Syria

Trócaire and Concern have launched emergency appeals for Syria. Trócaire warns that the situation in the region threatens to reach catastrophic levels following the dramatic deterioration in the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries. “Over eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid,” said Maurice McQuillan, Trócaire’s Head of Humanitarian Aid. “Between January and


PLC dispute IT abortion poll findings

The Pro Life Campaign has questioned the results of a survey on abortion published in yesterdays’ Irish Times, which showed 75% in favour of abortion, with just 14% against. The sample of 1,000 voters aged 18 and over,  were asked the question “The government has published the heads of a Bill to legislate for the


Bishop’s statement – A time to uphold the right to life

We are at a defining moment for our country, according to Catholic Bishops who issued a statement on the proposed abortion laws on the second day of the June General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth. “The Gospel challenges us to work for a world in which the dignity and beauty of


Well over 40,000 people attend National Vigil for Life

The Government must stop misrepresenting its proposed abortion legislation as restrictive and face up to the dangers in its abortion plan, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Caroline Simons told the National Vigil for Life this afternoon. The Vigil in Merrion Square was the largest ever pro-life demonstration in the country and one of the biggest gatherings


Forget the chores, down tools, take a bus and support life says PLC

This may be the last opportunity to protest before legislation is introduced to allow abortion, and organisers of the Pro Life vigil today, have appealed to the public to “drop” what they are doing, and join them at Merrion Square this afternoon, to register their opposition to the government’s abortion proposals. “This is the time


“From the moment of conception, every human life is sacred and precious” – Bishop John Kirby

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb (Lk 1:42) Last Friday was the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady.  It commemorated her trip to the Hill Country in Judaea to greet her cousin Elizabeth who, though getting on in years, was expecting a child, who was to become

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