MCI President Issues Statement Approaching 11th & 12th of July

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. William Davison, has issued the following Statement
as we approach the Eleventh and Twelfth of July:

"In recent days we have witnessed the acknowledgement of cultures other than our own.
It began when the Leo Varadkar TD the Irish Taoiseach visited the Headquarters of the Orange
Institution in Belfast. It continued in the visit by the DUP Leader to a GAA Football Final in Clones where
she was well received and demonstrated in South Belfast when local GAA members accepted the invitation of the local Orange District to visit the Ballnafeigh Orange Hall and
in return invited the Orange men to visit the local GAA Club.
The Annual Orange parade to Rossnowlagh Co.Donegal and a recent Orange Parade in North Belfast
both passed off without incident.

It is my hope and prayer that these signs of progress will be reflected as we approach both the
"Eleventh Night" bonfires and the annual Twelfth Procession.

I would call on both sides of our community to continue to reflect these signs of progress and not do or say anything
which might put a stumbling block to this progress."

9th July 2018

Contact: Rev. William Davison (07828109794)
Issued by: Rev. Roy Cooper, Press Officer (07710945104)