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Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...
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Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...
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Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...
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Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...
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The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Pope apologises for Irish Church sex abuse scandal

New allegations of child sex abuse emerge as Pope Benedict XVI apologises to victims of Catholic priests abuse in Ireland.

New allegations of child sex abuse emerge as Pope Benedict XVI apologises to victims of Catholic priests abuse in Ireland.

In a letter read out at Masses across Ireland on 23rd March 2010, Pope Benedict XVI apologised to victims of clerical child sex abuse and announced a formal Vatican investigation of Irish dioceses affected by the scandal.

The letter follows the publication of a series of reports revealing shocking cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Ireland.

In his letter, Pope Benedict XVI told victims: "I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured."

The Pope acknowledged that "It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the church."

He also admitted that "grave errors" were made by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland: "It must be admitted that grave errors of judgement were made and failures of leadership occurred. All this has seriously undermined your credibility and effectiveness."

The head of the Roman Catholic Church urged Irish bishops to cooperate fully with the civil authorities and announced that Vatican officials would visit a number of Irish dioceses to investigate the way matters were handled in the past.

The controversy about the handling of sex abuse allegations by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland seems far from over as shortly after the Vatican Letter the Bishop of the Diocese of Cloyne, John Magee, resigned from his duties.

Bishop Magee, who was at the centre of a controversy concerning his handling of sex abuse cases in the Diocese of Cloyne, said in his departing statement: "I want to offer once again my sincere apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time."


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