Today's top Irish news stories:

Ireland will have no Catholic priests in twenty years predicts a senior cleric

Catholic priests in Ireland will have almost disappeared within the next two decades, a leading cleric has claimed...READ MORE


BBC defends Danny Baker’s anti-Irish tweet in wake of Boston bombing

The BBC has refused to apologise for an anti-Irish tweet by presenter Danny Baker in the aftermath of the Boston bombing last April...READ MORE


Commentator claims Gerry Adams and Bobby Sands are of Scottish Protestant extraction

An Irish-American commentator has claimed that Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and hunger striker Bobby Sands are both of Scots Irish stock...READ MORE


Police seize weapons and explosives in Derry ahead of G8 Summit world leaders meeting

Police in Northern Ireland have seized weapons and explosives during security sweeps on Monday, ahead of the gathering of world leaders, including President Barack Obama at the G8 Summit, in Enniskillen...READ MORE


Former Galway hotel owner jailed for six years over rape of employee after staff party

Ireland's eyebrow raising reputation for light sentencing for alleged rapists was bolstered again this week when a former Galway hotel owner was given a six year sentence for the rape of an employee following a staff party...READ MORE


Fr Brendan Hoban, a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has said that in 20 years there will be no more priests being ordained in Ireland