Today's Irish news stories:

Irish leader says Pope Benedict’s advice not helpful on abortion issue

The Irish Prime Minister has made clear that the recent intervention by Pope Benedict in the Irish abortion debate was not helpful.

Pope Benedict XVI stated at the weekend his "dismay" at proposals to bring in legal abortion in Ireland...READ MORE


Stephen Colbert attacks Bill O’Reilly’s comments on Asians - VIDEOS

It's no secret, Stephen Colbert based his wildly popular fake news pundit on America’s most popular Fox News pundit Bill 'Papa Bear' O'Reilly...READ MORE


Illinois priest forced to call 911 after incident with handcuffs and gag goes wrong

The Catholic Church in Illinois has yet to explain how a priest called 911 after getting stuck in handcuffs and a gag inside a rectory...READ MORE


Notre Dame support is a search for family and common roots for millions

Miami: Picture the scene in the distant parking lot at Sun Life stadium in Miami on Monday night.

I had gone back to my rented car to retrieve the car keys, realizing in my rush to get to the game I had left them in the ignition - duh!..READ MORE


Rubber bullets fired by Belfast police in worst violence of 15 years

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have fired plastic bullets and water cannons at protesters late on Monday during a fifth consecutive night of riots during flag protests in the capital Belfast...READ MORE