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President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Statement On The 20th Anniversary Of The Good Friday Agreement

Former President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Brian Anderson has been installed as President of the Irish Council of Churches, a body which represents 13 denominations in Ireland. 

The Methodist Church in Ireland –

Council on Social Responsibility
January 2018


In 1983 Article 40.3.3 became part of the Constitution of Ireland, following a referendum. It is now commonly known as the 8th amendment. Since then, in 2013, the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was brought into law. A referendum is likely be held in May 2018, asking Irish citizens if this amendment should be maintained or removed.

The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland have issued the following Statement:

"In a few moths we will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement when the people decided in both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic that that the future of Northern Ireland would no longer be built on terrorism. To this end we welcome the news that Oglaigh na hEireann have brought to an end their armed campaign.

Delegation of Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Church representatives meet with the Taoiseach and Government ministers - 

At the invitation of An Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar TD, a delegation representing senior clergy and laity from the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland held a bilateral meeting today (Monday 22nd January 2018) with ministers in Government Buildings, Dublin, under the Church–State structured dialogue process. 

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Dr. Laurence Graham wishes to express his sympathy to all the family members and friends of those killed by the IRA at Kingsmill and whose wounds have been re-opened by the action of Barry McElduff MP by his up-loading a video on Facebook  featuring a loaf of Kingsmill Bread and this on the anniversary of the massacre of those in the mini-bus returning home after their days work.

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