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Ireland to close embassy to Holy See

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

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

Irish prime minister accuses Vatican of ‘narcissism’

Prime Minister Enda Kenny (CNS photo/Reuters)

Enda Kenny launches extraordinary attack on the Vatican in parliament, saying its policy on abuse is ‘calculated’ and ‘withering’

Irish government seeks to compel priests to break seal of confession

Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister, has said that canon law should not supersede state law (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Under new legislation priests would be punished with up to five years in prison if they did not pass on details of abuse heard in Confession

Ireland’s foreign minister: Vatican must explain itself

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza is received as papal nuncio to Ireland in 2008 (CNS photo/John McElroy courtesy of Irish Catholic)

Minister summons papal nuncio to a meeting following a report into the mishandling of child abuse allegations

Irish bishop criticised for lax response to abuse allegations

Bishop John Magee meets Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 (CNS photo)

Report also says that Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, who resigned last year, admitted to ‘inappropriate behaviour’ with a young man

Organisers hope Eucharistic Congress will revive Irish Church

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Next year’s event in Dublin will attract many leading Catholic figures

Irish bishops donate £9m to support abuse victims

Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lie prostrate before the altar during a liturgy of repentance in Dublin (CNS photo/John McElroy)

Bishops issue pastoral letter to mark anniversary of Pope’s letter to Irish Catholics

Irish bishops criticise police reforms

Matt Baggott, chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and assistant chief constable Judith Gillespie (Paul Faith/PA Wire)

Bishops announce opposition to plans to abolish 50-50 Catholic-Protestant recruitment policy for Northern Ireland’s police force

‘Visitator will tell Pope that Irish Church is near to collapse’

Cardinal O'Malley is one of several senior prelates leading an apostolic visitation of the Irish Church (Photo: CNS)

Irish priest claims Cardinal O’Malley will tell Benedict XVI that Ireland’s Church has ‘a decade at most’ to save itself

European court rules that Ireland’s abortion laws breach human rights

Court rules that Ireland had breached the rights of a woman with cancer who feared it would relapse if she became pregnant