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A delegation from PDFORRA met with the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces yesterday evening to highlight concerns over the conditions endured by troops stationed in the Phoenix Park for the papal visit over the weekend

The Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representatives Association (PDFORRA) said that they were aware of images online showing needles found close to where members of the Defence Forces were sleeping and resting….

RTÉ News understands that the President, Vice President and Deputy General Secretary of PDFORRA met with the chief of Staff, Mark Mellett this evening about their concerns.

PDFORRA meet Chief of Staff over ‘appalling’ Phoenix Park condition (RTÉ)

Saturday: See The World



The Dull Irish: Irish troops furious after sickening ‘muck’ is served up for breakfast and dinner during Pope Francis protection op (The Irish Sun)



Previously: Sean Brady on Broadsheet


Pope will not say ‘a single word’ on cover-up claims (RTÉ)

This afternoon.

Tuam County Galway.

Scenes from a vigil and protest to remember the victims of the Tuam Mother & baby home.

Rollingnews/Brian Farrell


This afternoon.

Garden of Remembrance, Dublin 1

Scenes from today’s Stand4Truth solidarity rally for victims of clerical abuse today, including Colm O’Gorman (above), of Amnesty International Ireland, coinciding with Pope Francis’ Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Protestors met Garden of Remembrance in Dublin and the event included a concert with performances from Mary Black and Roisin O (pic 4).

Leah Farrell/Rolliingnews


This morning.

Phoenix Park, Dublin

Mass goers arrive for the service to mark the World Meeting of Families officiated by Pope Francis.

More as we get it.

Earlier: Shriney Happy People

Sam Boal Rollingnews



This evening.

Pope Francis met survivors of clerical child abuse at a private meeting in Dublin .

Paul Redmond and Clodagh Malone, of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Homes Survivors [CMABS}, were among  six survivors present at the 90-minute meeting.

CMABS write

“The meeting was cordial and polite…

Clodagh Malone who was born in Saint Patrick’s Mother and Baby home in Dublin and adopted at 10 weeks old, asked the Pope to clearly and publicly state that the natural mothers who lost their babies to adoption had done nothing wrong and call for reconciliation and reunion for these families broken by the Catholic Church both in Ireland and around the world in countries such as Spain where approximately 300,000 single mothers lost their children to adoption.

The Pope agreed to include the message in his mass tomorrow.

Paul Redmond who was born in Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home and adopted at 17 days, asked the Pope to publicly call upon the orders of nuns who ran the Mother and Baby homes to immediately accept their responsibilities for the horror that went on for generations in the Homes. And issue an unqualified and sincere apology and, pay the full costs of Inquiries and Redress in Ireland as a matter of urgency.

The Pope did apologise to all of us for what happened in the Homes.

Pope Francis condemned corruption and cover up within the church as “caca”. Literally filth as one sees in a toilet his translator clarified.

Pope Francis was presented with a copy of Paul’s book, The Adoption Machine, which contains details of the thousands of deaths and horrors of the Homes.

Paul said: “We feel hopefull there will be more movement from the church on the issue of Mother and Baby homes. The Pope was genuinely shocked to hear about the 6000 babies who died and the 3000 Banished Babies and the vacinne trials and lifted his hands to his head in shock.”

Clodagh said: “[It was a] Very powerful meeting. He listened with a genuine interest. And he asked many questions about Mother and Baby homes. “

Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors (Facebook)

Pope spends one hour with clerical abuse survivors (RTE)


This morning.

Aras Un Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, Dublin 1

Pope Francis with President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins, where the Pontiff planted a an Irish Oak tree…





This morning.

Pope Francis is greeted by Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney with his wife and daughters.

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews

More as we get it.

Uno job.


Earlier: Let’s Roll