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The Taoiseach said the Holy See attempted to 'frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign, democratic republic as little as three years ago' (Photo: PA)

His eye-catching allegation grabbed headlines around the world. Yet he has still to provide any evidence for it

Abuse survivors confront Archbishop Diarmuid Martin outside St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

There’s an obvious distinction between the governance of the Church and the essence of the faith

Bishops pictured outside St Patrick's College, Maynooth, at an extraordinary general meeting last year (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

All the same, the story is all too symbolic of Irish life today

Benedict XVI may visit Ireland next year when it hosts the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (CNS photo)

Can removing bishops, redrawing dioceses and a papal visit next year lead the Irish Church towards renewal?

Baroness Scotland chairs the safeguarding commission (Ian Nicholson/PA Wire)

Safeguarding commission attributes rise to papal visit, which encouraged people to come forward

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Vatican recalls nuncio to Ireland

Nuncio has been recalled so the Vatican can better respond to Cloyne scandal, says Vatican spokesman

Enda Kenny pins blame for the mishandling of abuse allegations on the Vatican (PA photo)

Both at the CDF and as Pope he has clearly directed that crimes must be reported to the civil authorities

Enda Kenny: playing to the gallery (PA photo)

Fr Lombardi’s response to the Cloyne scandal is legalistic: the Vatican still has serious questions to answer

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’

Benedict XVI meets Ireland's bishops in 2010 (CNS photo/L' Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Fr Vincent Twomey, a former student of Pope Benedict XVI, says Irish Church has been ‘without any leadership’ for 15 years