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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Irish primate welcomes 'political breakthrough' in Northern Ireland
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¬†Following news this morning that the IRA had decommissioned a large number of weapons - and a Downing Street announcement of plans for fresh elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, Dr SeŠn Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, issued the following statement. Speaking from Rome, where he is attending the Pope's Jubilee celebrations and the Beatification of Mother Teresa, Dr Brady said: "I believe today's events in Northern Ireland mark another significant milestone on the road to a just and lasting peace. hey are proof that progress can be achieved through dialogue and that trust is built when there is genuine commitment to the pursuit of the common good - themes at the very heart of the Pope's plea to the people of Ireland when he visited us almost 25 years ago. "The combination of words and actions which has been offered today provides solid grounds for hoping and believing that the dark days of the past are well and truly behind us, and that the stability, fairness, and peace for which the people of Northern Ireland yearn, are now within our grasp. The people of Northern Ireland deserve to live in a normal environment without the threat of violence from any quarter. "As we move to the future with greater confidence, it is important that people continue to be generous in their response to each other and to today's events. I warmly welcome news of fresh Assembly Elections on 26th November next. "Finally, I believe that today's announcement indicates a willingness on the part of political parties to make the Good Friday Agreement work and to sustain the institutions that flow from it. I hope that those engaged in the political process will contest the elections and that voters will exercise their right to vote." Source: Irish Bishops' Conference Media Office
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