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As this week’s talks deadline draws near, Ireland’s Church Leaders have written to the leaders of the five main political parties involved in the current Northern Ireland talks process to strongly encourage them “to go the extra mile” to reach an accommodation that works “for the common good of all in our society.”

The Newly elected President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Laurence Graham has joined with the Leaders of the Methodist Church in London in condemning the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque.  He asks that Methodists in Ireland join with them in praying for all who are affected by this attack and that violence would not breed violence.

A statement from Irish Church leaders: Archbishop Richard Clarke (Church of Ireland); Archbishop Eamon Martin (Catholic Church); The Rt Revd John McDowell (President, Irish Council of Churches); the Revd Bill Mullally (President of the Methodist Church in Ireland) and the Rt Revd Dr Frank Sellar (former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland), who have attended centenary commemorations for Battle of Messines today (7th June):

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Bill Mullally has issued the following Statement in the wake of the London killings.
 
Once again the City of London has been subject to carnage, with the slaughter of seven innocent people and nearly 50 injured as a result of the evil actions of others.

In the light of the horrendous carnage as a result of the Manchester Bomb, the Rev. Bill Mullally, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has issued the following:

I am appalled by this attack carried out on the people at this concert in the Manchester Arena. An attack on our young people is an attack on us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and friends who have had loved ones killed and injured, and with those who are still awaiting news of loved ones unaccounted for.

The Rev. Bill Mullally, President on hearing of the racial attack in East Belfast has issued the following Statement:

'These attacks are shameful. This violence says more about the perpetrators than the victims. It speaks of an attitude of intolerance against the vulnerable, the stranger and those who are different. We need to expose racist and hate crimes, and work together as a community to create a society that embraces our rich cultural diversity.

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland has paid tribute to the life of Martin McGuinness:

'It is with sadness that we heard this morning of the passing of Martin McGuinness following a short illness.  

The Hub, Belfast, was swinging to the sounds of the Abaana New Life Children’s choir on Pancake Tuesday, February 28. The choir of 20 Ugandan children and three adult performers sang, danced and won the hearts of all who were present at the home of the Church of Ireland and Methodist Chaplaincy at Queen’s University, Belfast.

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