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Seeking refuge is the central theme of Christmas, says President Michael D. Higgins

“I wish each and every one of you a peaceful and happy Christmas and a new year of hope and possibility,” says President Michael D. Higgins.


Sixty years of soldiering for peace – Ireland’s unique record of UN service

"We salute all of the brave women and men who serve, and have served, in peacekeeping operations around the world, and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace.”


ILO’s moral purpose needed now more than ever, says President Higgins

"Poverty anywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere." - President Michael D Higgins


Commonwealth leaders urged to promote common good

The biennial meeting of the Commonwealth nations is taking place in London and Windsor from 16 - 20 April.


Fr Michael Mullaney appointed President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Fr Mullaney has served as Registrar, Vice President and most recently Acting President of Saint Patrick’s College, and has also helped out as a curate in the parish of Holycross/Ballycahill at weekends.


Pope criticised over his comment on smacking

Clerical abuse survivor, Marie Collins, and former president, Dr Mary McAleese, reject Pontiff's stance on corporal punishment for children.


Catholic paper declines ad for Mary McAleese talk

Australian catholic newspaper accuses former head of state of having an "agenda" over her views on women's ordination and homosexuality.


President Higgins signs abortion bill into law

Pro Life Campaign pledges to devote its energies to the “repeal of this unjust law.”


President must decide by Wednesday on Abortion Bill

Decision on whether or not to refer the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill to the Supreme Court to check its constitutionality pending.


Bill introducing abortion sent to President

Head of state considers whether legislation should be sent to Supreme Court.


President Higgins attends Iona service commemorating St Columba

Service at mediaeval abbey recalls 1,450th anniversary of St Columba's arrival on the island.

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