‘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:

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The Rev. Billy Davison, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, condemns the brutal murder of Lyra McKee and offers his sympathy to her family and loved ones.

Journalism is so essential to society as it highlights not only stories of interest but also shines a light on
many things of which the general public would otherwise be unaware off.

Methodist Church in Ireland: President’s Easter Message: 

‘Christ Conquers evil and death’ 

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The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland always encourages engagement within our democratic institutions.

In May of this year, voters will be given the opportunity to engage in elections in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, and we urge all with that privilege to use it. 

The Council on Social Responsibility of the Methodist Church in Ireland (Southern Executive) is saddened by the latest attack on the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, earmarked for Direct Provision accommodation for Asylum Seekers. This is the second attack on the property. There have also been similar attacks in Moville, Co. Donegal and Wicklow town.

Statement by East Belfast Church Leaders

12th February 2019

The events of the past 3 weeks have highlighted the violence, intimidation, and criminality that still persist in East Belfast, much of it associated with paramilitary groups.  As pastors and ministers passionately concerned for the people of this community and city we want to express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of Ian Ogle.