Irish parliament rejects abortion bill

The lower house of the Irish Parliament has rejected a private member’s bill to ease the Republic’s abortion laws.  In a vote of 109 to 20, the Dáil rejected the bill brought by Clare Daly of the opposition Socialist Party that would permit “termination of pregnancy where a real and substantial risk to the life […]

First clergy same-sex union for Ireland

The Dean of Leighlin Cathedral in the Diocese of Cashel & Ossory has become the first serving Church of Ireland clergyman to enter a same-sex civil partnership in the Republic of Ireland. The public announcement of the Dean’s same-sex civil partnership and his Bishop’s apparent support for the move is likely to pitch the Church […]

Tuam bishop appointed

The Bishops of the Church of Ireland have appointed the Dean of Armagh, the Very Rev. Patrick W. Rooke as Bishop of the United Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry in succession to Dr Richard Henderson, who took up a parish post in Cumbria in January. On April 14, Dr. Alan Harper, Archbishop of Armagh […]

No bishop for Tuam

The March 30 meeting of the Church of Ireland Episcopal Electoral College for the United Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, meeting at Church House in Armagh was unable to appoint a new bishop for the small rural diocese. Under the constitution of the Church of Ireland, the appointment of a new bishop rests with […]

Irish diocese saved from amalgamation

A special meeting of the General Synod in Dublin has rejected a bill put forward by the Church of Ireland’s bishops to postpone appointing a new bishop for the United Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry. On March 5, delegates meeting at Christ Church Cathedral rejected the bill, which opponents saw as the first step […]

Archbishop of Dublin elected

An electoral college convened at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin has elected a new Primate of Ireland.  On Feb 2 the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt. Rev. Michael Jackson was elected Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough in succession to Dr. John Neill. The Primate of All Ireland and metropolitan of the Church of Ireland’s northern […]

Londonderry bombing condemned

The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe has condemned the Jan 17 bombings in Londonderry. “Those who took it upon themselves to set off an explosion in Guildhall Square display a shortsightedness that is breathtaking,” Bishop Ken Good said. At approximately 0330 GMT on Jan 17 an explosive device was detonated.  No injuries have been reported […]

Real IRA car bombings pointless, bishop charges

The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe has denounced last week’s car bombing in Londonderry, saying the attack by the Real IRA “offers nothing hopeful or constructive to the citizens of our community.” An estimated 200 pound explosive device placed in a parked car was detonated on Oct 5, the 42nd anniversary of the civil rights […]

Bishop’s sectarian warning for Ulster

The Bishop of Clogher has warned that unless religious leaders took affirmative steps, Ulster risked being pulled back into sectarianism.  Bishop Michael Jackson also chided the government for its pusillanimity in the face of public protests over the recommendations from the Eames-Bradley Commission that compensation be paid to the relatives of those killed, including terrorists, […]