Posts Tagged ‘Enda Kenny’

Ireland 2018 – Pope’s agenda suggests plans to attend World Meeting of Families Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Ireland 2018 is likely to be the latest addition to the international visits on Pope Francis’s agenda, says the Irish Head of Government (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny. Kenny says Francis has timed his visit to coincide with the 22-26 August World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The World Meeting of Families will focus on Pope Francis’s Read more

Ireland to vote on gay marriage in May 22 public referendum Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Voters in the Irish Republic will decide whether or not to approve legal same-sex marriage in a referendum on May 22. In announcing the date, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the referendum would underline Ireland’s reputation as a tolerant and inclusive nation. Mr Kenny said that most members of the Irish Parliament were in favour of Read more

Ireland re-opens Holy See embassy after three year gap Comments 0

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Pope Francis has received Ireland’s new ambassador to the Holy See, ending a three year hiatus in which the ambassador was based in Dublin. In 2011, the Irish government closed its Vatican embassy after Prime Minister Enda Kenny accused the Holy See of deliberately thwarting a probe into sex abuse allegations. The Vatican had strongly Read more

Irish politicians vote for ‘Trojan horse’ abortion bill Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Irish politicians have overwhelmingly approved an abortion bill described by Cardinal Sean Brady as a legislative and political Trojan horse “which heralds a much more liberal and aggressive abortion regime in Ireland”. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill — the first legislation allowing abortion in the Republic of Ireland — passed its second stage Read more

Ireland apologises for Magdalene laundries Comments 0

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Two weeks after an official report revealed that the Irish government was deeply involved in the incarceration of women in the Magdalene laundries, Prime Minister Enda Kenny has made an emotional state apology. “By any standards it was a cruel, pitiless Ireland, distinctly lacking in a quality of mercy,” Kenny said, as dozens of former Read more

Irish state directly implicated in Magdalene laundries Comments 0

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The Irish state was directly involved in the incarceration of young women in the notorious Magdalene laundries, an official report has found. The Irish government has previously denied direct involvement in the system, which was run by four religious congregations: the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Good Shepherd Sisters, the Sisters of Mercy Read more

Irish Government requires Vatican’s full co-operation Comments 0

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The Irish Government toned-down its recent fury and in what has been described as an ‘uneasy peace’, welcomed the Vatican’s response to the Cloyne report. However despite the Vatican’s expression of shame and apology to victims of sexual abuse, the Irish Government has not backed away from its earlier harsh criticism of the Holy See. Read more

Vatican reacts to Cloyne report Comments 1

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

A leading church official rejected harsh criticism of the Vatican in the wake the Cloyne report. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, told Vatican Radio July 19 that much of the criticism failed to take into account the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI and other church officials to prevent future cases of child sexual Read more