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Rhona Tarrant is America's Dublin correspondent.

Pope Francis waves to the waiting crowds on College Green, Dublin, as he travels in the Popemobile during his visit to Ireland on Aug. 25, 2018. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
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Pope Francis had to note the many protests that followed along his parade route in Dublin. Outside Dublin Castle a group held a banner that read, “We Will Never Forget,”’ and chanted “Keep our children safe.”
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The international press lauded the election of an openly gay son of an Indian immigrant as a sign of how progressive our tiny little island had become.
The current National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street Hospital in Dublin
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The fact that the government handed ownership of a new $330 million state hospital to a religious order has led to a national debate over the continued involvement of the Catholic Church in Ireland’s health care system.
A Republican mural in West Belfast on March 2. A historic vote has upended the political landscape in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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For the first time since the partition of Ireland, Unionists are not in a majority in Stormont, where Northern Ireland’s parliament meets.
A section of the Peace Wall that divides Catholic and Protestant communities cuts its way through West Belfast, Northern Ireland. (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)
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"The church is in a different space," says Archbishop Martin. "We must be more invitational, using a ministry of presence, gently explaining the message of the church and inviting people in."
Photo courtesy of Home Sweet Home - www.homesweethome.irish
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The illegal occupation came at the end of a year during which Ireland has seen record numbers forced onto the streets.

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The call to liberalize Ireland’s abortion laws has created significant political pressure.
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The assembly will be examining what is widely referred to as the Eighth Amendment, which gives effect to Ireland’s ban on abortion.
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Once over money and territory, violence in the country has taken a more destructive turn.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
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The Archbishop of Dublin taking to the national airwaves to address “Grindr, which is a gay dating site,” managed to jolt the listening public in Ireland.