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A pro-life vigil in Dublin last year. Ireland still has a strong Catholic identity

How Catholic is Ireland today?

Enda Kenny’s abortion law will put Catholic institutions on a collison course with the state

Irish president Michael D Higgins (Photo: PA)

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

Under Ireland's new legislation babies can be aborted up to birth in certain circumstances Photo: Press Association

Abortion’s impact on Ireland’s culture will be dire

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (Photo: PA)

Protection of Life During Pregnancy bill progresses after second stage vote

Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop of Boston accuses Enda Kenny of “aggressively promoting abortion legislation”

A scene from the 2002 film, The Magdalene Sisters

Despite the failings of the Magdalen system, unbalanced analysis failed to reflect the full story

Cardinal O'Malley (Photo: CNS)

Boston cardinal says the Irish should be proud of their pro-life heritage

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (Photo: PA)

The laundries were tough places, undoubtedly. But there was no sexual abuse and no physical punishment

An estimated 25,000 people joined a pro-life march in Dublin (Photo: PA)

Among pro-lifers decades-old grudges have been dropped and people who weren’t on speaking terms are making plans with each other