“For the sake of the most vulnerable in our society, for the sake of the victims of our past, for the sake of children in our schools and for the sake of people who need improved health and social care services, now is the time to find a resolution to the political impasse.”
Fr Magill, PP, St John’s Parish, Falls Road, Belfast, prayed that “Lyra’s murder may be the catalyst needed for parties to start talking, to reform that which was corrosive in previous Assemblies and to begin anew.”
“I would argue that our success is in delivering a holistic education profile to young people so they are well equipped for the world of work, university or contribution to society.”
“Education, (including self-education) is an essential dimension of transformative action, and compassion in all we do has never been more necessary. Our speakers this year embody all of these vital qualities.”
A resolution has been made more difficult because of disagreement over the Northern Ireland Language Act, which would give legal status and protections to the use of the Irish language in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life will attend the Civil Rights Commemoration March in Derry on Saturday 6th October. Precious Life say they will expose Sinn Féin’s “hypocrisy” in claiming to support civil rights while denying the fundamental right to life of unborn children. The Commemoration March has been organised by Sinn Féin to
Precious Life have responded to a survey from Ulster University claiming that women who had abortions “suffered workplace stigmatisation.” The study, which is being used to push for the introduction of abortion in Northern Ireland, was commissioned by abortion campaigners and five trade unions. Precious Life challenged the survey: “The validity of this survey is
“We can give thanks for the two decades of peace that followed this historic agreement, while expressing firm hope that the peace process will overcome every remaining obstacle.”
Comments by Minister Harris promising abortion services to Northern Ireland women represent an attack on the unborn and on the democratic process.
Attacks on people in any part of our community are an affront to our society and deserve our unqualified condemnation, Bishop McKeown and Bishop Good said in a joint statement.
“The pilgrimage will be a witness to hope and will enable us to forge even greater friendships and work yet harder for peace together in the future.”
“In our two communities or in our various communities we are happy enough the way we are and we couldn’t be bothered,” says Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe.
Too many in our society continue to be exposed to paramilitary violence at an early age, either as victims of direct attacks or as members of families subjected to intimidation
“The Church continues to speak up for the intrinsic value of human life and the good of both the child in the womb and its mother” Scottish Bishops
They prayed that the survivors, their families and loved ones may find strength and healing in their faith and receive the support of compassionate caregivers as they begin to recover from the trauma of their physical and emotional wounds.
“Together across our community we might come together, each of us and all of us, from all sectors including the churches and acknowledge our part in the hurt, the grief and the pain of the past 48 plus years.”
Of the 43 part-time centre-based secretaries who were offered either a statutory redundancy payment or revised conditions involving reduced hours and pay, 21 took redundancy option.
“Each of these recipients has made an indelible mark in their field, advancing knowledge, building community, achieving excellence and above all acting as inspirational role models for us all” – Professor Paddy Nixon.
“We want to express our continued concern that ... the most vulnerable are at greater risk, while crucial decisions on education, health and welfare are not being taken.”
In 2016 3,265 women travelled from Ireland to England to have an abortion, down from 3,451 in 2015 and 3,735 in 2014. This represents a continual decline in the numbers since 2001, when the number of Irish abortions was 6,673.