On hearing the result of the voting in Parliament, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Sam McGuffin and the the Chair of the Church's Council on Social Responsibility, the Rev. Dr.David Clements have issued the following Statement

On Sunday 14th July, the Rev Sam McGuffin, as President, will represent the Methodist Church in Ireland
at the Annual National Day of Commemoration.

The ceremony, which will be attended by the President of Ireland H.E. Michael D Higgins and an Taoiseach
Mr. Leo Varadkar TD, is to commemorate all Irish people who died in past wars or U.N. Peacekeeping Missions.

The Rev. McGuffin will be joined in the Inter-Faith service by senior representatives from the other main Christian
denominations as well as representatives from the Jewish and Islamic faiths.

The Methodist Church in Ireland through its Council on Social Responsibility has called on all parties to the talks seeking to restore devolution at Stormont to intensify their efforts.  The holiday / marching season should not be used for taking a break of any more than a few days. 

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Methodist Representatives To Attend Plenary Meeting in Dublin Castle

On July 4th in Dublin Castle, the Taoiseach, Leo Veradkar, has invited representatives from  a wide range of Churches, Faith Communities and Non Confessional Organisations to join in a Plenary Meeting which he will chair.

Pictured: The President, Rev Sam McGuffin with Lay Leader, Lynda Neilands following the installation service at Conference 2019

On Sunday 23rd June, the Rev. Sam McGuffin, the newly elected President of the Methodist Church in Ireland will embark on the first of many Pastoral Visits during his year in Office.

The Methodist Church's Council on Social Responsibility in conjunction with the Rev. Billy Davison, President of the Church have issued the following Statement in the light of the continual failure to implement Sir Anthony Harts recommendations regarding the victims of Historical Institutional Abuse.

The Methodist Church in Ireland calls on Mrs Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to act as quickly as possible to bring in a compensation scheme for the victims of Historical Institutional Abuse. 

Church Leaders Group (Ireland) have presented on their dialogue initiative to the inter-party talks to the wider world.​

Summary Report 

Civic Dialogue Report 

‘A time for courageous leadership’ – Church leaders

In a joint statement today (14 May) the leaders of Ireland’s main Churches said that talks between Northern Ireland’s political parties to restore the devolved institutions, were ‘a fresh window of opportunity, born of tragedy, but nestling in hope for the future that now requires courageous and compassionate leadership.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters (Taken from

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The Methodist Church in Ireland has had a long association with Sri Lanka where many of her ministers have served as mission partners for more than a century.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Billy Davison has said: