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Political progress in Northern Ireland may be undermined by House of Lords vote, warns bishop

“Decision-making should take place as close to the people as possible. This proposal is an imposition enacted by a parliament which is overwhelmingly not from Northern Ireland.”

2019.07.13.

Belfast bishop warns of eleventh-hour Westminster threat to right to life

“These are touchstone issues which deserve the most anxious and intense consideration by legislators and citizens.”

2019.07.08.

Church leaders call for resolution to political deadlock at Stormont

“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.”

2019.05.15.

Primate appeals to politicians to work together as Brexit looms

“I would ask this question: we are only seven or eight weeks from the proposed date of exit. I wonder are we really thinking enough about the impact on people on the ground?”

2019.01.29.

Church leaders focus on Brexit concerns in New Year’s messages

Archbishop Eamon Martin warns “There can be no going back to the days of violence and death on our streets” as he appeals to politicians to “reject divisive language and actions” during 2019.

2019.01.01.

Northern Irish stalemate concerns raised in Dublin by Church leaders

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.

2018.10.27.

Stormont should bring in Irish Language Act, says Bishop of Raphoe

I would like to see DUP supporters and other people beginning to find some affinity with the Irish language and not see it as a threat.

2017.08.14.

Martin McGuinness remembered

The death of Martin McGuinness had “lifted the lid” on the past and revealed “how raw, how hurt, and how traumatised many people remain”. Archbishop Eamon Martin said that there is still a lot to be done in the peace process.

2017.03.23.

Precious Life moves into campaign mode for NI election

Abortion will be a major issue in March election.

2017.01.20.

Primate “taken aback” by victims’ claim he fobbed them off

“I have always maintained that the Catholic Church must fully accept its responsibilities to those who have suffered abuse."

2016.09.29.

Rev Harold Good helps negotiate Belfast parade deal

“I thank all those involved. We want to build a future that is respectful, inclusive and vibrant. Northern Ireland can have a very bright future built on respect and celebration of diversity.”

2016.09.26.

NI First Minister nominated for peace award

Praise for Peter Robinson's role in overseeing the devolution of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Stormont in 2010.

2016.01.03.

Rev Harold Good urges politicians to find a solution

Methodist clergyman who oversaw decommissioning of IRA weapons warns years of work could be lost if the devolved administration implodes.

2015.09.14.
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