The Bishop of Achonry has signalled his willingness to consider women being made cardinals, and says the Church needs to reflect on the issue.
Bishop Paul Dempsey, who's the youngest Catholic Bishop in the country at 50, was ordained Bishop of Achonry last year.
Speaking to members of the reform group We Are Church Ireland, he said the church needs to find ways to give women "very real leadership roles and a very real say in the life of the Church".
In an online discussion, Bishop Dempsey said there can be all sorts of very real leadership roles given to women around decision-making and voting, that are nothing to do with ordination.
According to the Irish Independent, he noted that one did not require ordination to be appointed a cardinal, as cardinals are appointed exclusively by the Pope.