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More families and children homeless in July

There has been a failure to stem the flow of families and individuals into homelessness every month, says Focus Ireland CEO, Pat Dennigan.

2019.09.10.

ACP leader hits out at the “demonisation of Catholicism” by Leo Varadkar

“Priests in Ireland have more than most borne the heat of the day.”

2019.07.17.

Outcry forces Taoiseach to apologise over sinning priest remark

Clonmel parish priest told Leo Varadkar that he personally found the comment “extremely offensive and derogatory” and he urged him to retract it.

2019.07.05.

Thousands of Irish youngsters set to join international Climate Strike

Marches planned in cities all over the world led by students calling for #ClimateActionNow on the tempertature goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

2019.03.12.

Abortion law has no moral force and can be resisted in good conscience say bishops

Bill introducing abortion in Ireland passes through Dáil with few amendments.

2018.12.07.

Nurses, midwives and pharmacists call for conscientious objection to abortion

Participation in termination of pregnancy is morally objectionable and conflicts with our conscientious commitment to life – Nurses & Midwives4Life Ireland.

2018.11.29.

102 TDs vote in support of Abortion Bill

Pro Life Campaign laments “one of the saddest days” in Irish history as substantial majority of TDs back bill, which now goes to Committee stage to consider amendments such as Freedom of Conscience.

2018.10.24.

“Sad day for human rights” as Eighth Amendment deleted

“In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.”

2018.09.19.

Big welcome for women as Dublin honours Magdalenes

“All of you and all of the other women who cannot be with us today were failed by these institutions, the experience of which you share, and the religious orders that ran them,” the President said.

2018.06.07.

Missionary’s proposal on Irish paedophiles due before Dáil

The aim of the Sex Offenders Amendment Bill is to limit or prevent sex offenders and paedophiles with Irish passports from travelling to countries with lax or no child protection laws.

2018.01.03.

Focus Ireland makes pre-budget submission

“The latest figures clearly show the homeless crisis is continuing to deepen and the government really needs to have this issue at the top of its agenda” – Focus Ireland.

2017.10.07.

Eighth Amendment is a beacon of hope thirty-four years on

“When you meet a son or daughter who was nearly aborted, you’re not meeting a ‘choice’. You’re meeting a child with the same potential and right to be alive as you or me,” says Cora Sherlock from the Pro Life Campaign.

2017.09.08.

Redemptorist decries “unkempt” TDs in the Dáil

Public discourse and the media in Ireland have become “coarse” in recent years warns Fr Tony Flannery.

2017.08.10.

Oireachtas committee decides to keep prayer for Dáil and Seanad

Public opinion is divided on the issue, with 42 per cent in favour of scrapping the prayer, 42 per cent who want to retain it, and 16 per cent who “don't know”.

2017.04.01.

Ethnic recognition for Travellers is a milestone on a long road to equality

“I have 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren – I hope they grow up in a world where they won't face discrimination,” said Missy Collins of Pavee Point.

2017.03.12.

Ruhama welcomes arrest of traffickers but not of trafficked

“There needs to be a consistent approach that supports those in prostitution and where we see pimps and other exploiters being prosecuted, not the women,” Ruhama said.

2016.11.03.

Renewed call to enact law to criminalise sex buyers

TD John Halligan's comments re-ignites call to criminalise the purchase of sex in Ireland.

2016.08.09.

Senator urges next Govt to deliver political reform

“It will be unforgivable if our politicians backslide from their recent commitment to parliamentary reform as a prerequisite for allowing a new government to get going.”

2016.03.28.

Dioceses to set up teams to plan for WMF2018

Bishops begin preparations for the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place primarily in Dublin but also throughout Ireland.

2016.03.10.

NWCI focus should be homeless pregnant women

“It is an outrage that National Women’s Council has no track record in fighting for safe and secure accommodation for homeless expectant mothers”- PLC.

2016.03.09.

Educate politicians on Catholic education: CPSMA

The debate on Catholic primary schools has focused more on ideology than on reality: Fr Tom Deenihan.

2016.02.27.

Abortion is not just an issue in Ireland: Bishop

Challenges for next government include the inadequacy of some services in hospitals & disability facilities, reduced pay, child poverty, homelessness & crime levels.

2016.02.15.

Ireland is on the cusp of beating sex traffickers

Ruhama is urging the next government to make the Sexual Offences Bill an absolute priority and place it at the top of their agenda as soon as they come to power.

2016.02.04.

PLC criticises Minister’s 8th amendment repeal call

“Minister Simon Harris’ comments show Government’s blinkered approach to abortion.”.

2015.12.28.

Welcome for landmark climate deal in Paris

Trócaire warns that deal is a road map for urgent action as opposed to a definitive solution to protect people from the impacts of climate change.

2015.12.13.

Housing not shelter is the answer to homelessness

Inadequate response to crisis makes McVerry Trust question "whether this Government are committed to helping people in homelessness".

2015.10.02.

Bishop Doran seeks Dáil recall over refugee crisis

Parish communities asked to consider whether there are vacant properties - houses, granny-flats or spare-rooms which might accommodate refugees.

2015.09.07.

‘I hope people will find Ireland a welcoming place’

Archbishop of Dublin calls for a generous response to those caught up in the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

2015.09.04.

PLC welcomes defeat of Coppinger abortion bill

Attempt to force repeal of “the last remaining constitutional protection for the unborn" defeated by 74 to 23 in Dáil.

2015.05.13.

Thousands are alive thanks to 8th amendment

Pro Life Campaign rejects yet another attack on the pro-life amendment.

2015.05.10.
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