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Irish president Michael D Higgins (Photo: PA)

President Michael D Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill after tense parliamentary debates

Protesters outside the Dublin parliament earlier this year (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Former residents of Church-run institutions will not have to prove hardship

Fr Tony Flannery at the press conference he called on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Order’s superior general confirmed Fr Flannery was under investigation for his views on ‘fundamental’ Catholic doctrine

Pro-lifers at a vigil in Dublin earlier this month (Photo: PA)

Bishops respond to government plan to legalise abortion in limited circumstances

Enda Kenny has promised 'swift action' following a study group's report (Photo: PA)

Government likely to introduce legislation to allow abortion in limited circumstances

John McAreavey, left, and Mickey Harte, his late wife's father, at her funeral last year (Photo: PA)

John McAreavey, 28, says ‘without my faith, God knows where I would be’

A man is exasperated by the rain in Dublin (Photo: PA)

Bishop of Ferns said many parishes have received requests for prayers for fine weather

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin talks with choir members before the opening Mass (CNS photo)

Archbishop Martin welcomes more than 12,000 pilgrims from 120 countries

Adam Gadahn, an American citizen who became a senior al-Qaeda operative (PA photo)

Suggestion to target Catholics contained in a letter to Osama bin Laden

Eamon Gilmore, right, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Photo: PA)

Ireland to close embassy to Holy See

Ireland’s foreign minister says closure is for economic reasons and is not related to the Cloyne report row