President Welcomes Proposed Political Talks Between Prime Minister & Taoiseach

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

On hearing of the proposal for talks with the political parties announced today by British Prime minister Theresa May and Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev. Billy Davison  in welcoming the announcement has issued the following Statement:

       "  I am encouraged by this announcement and pray that all parties will respond positively
          to it.  Coming so soon after the murder of Lyra McKee, I trust that the groundswell of
          support from the general public for a way to bring our politicians back  to Stormont, will
         be a driving force for our politicial leaders to meet around the table and engage with each
         other to find a way forward for all our communities.

         The convening of such a meeting is the easy part its the dealing with all those issues outstanding
         between the two major parties which will enable the log jam to be broken"


Issued by: Rev. Roy Cooper, Press Officer of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

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