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Church of Ireland bishops to elect new primate

Published 07/01/2007

The Bishops of the Church of Ireland meet in Dublin this week to elect a new


One of 11 men will be selected on Wednesday as Archbishop of Armagh and

Primate of All-Ireland in succession to Lord Robin Eames who retired from the

post on December 31 after over 20 years at the helm.

The House of Bishops meets in private session to make its choice and front

runner is believed to be the Archbishop of Dublin, The Rt Rev John Neill.

It is thought to be the 61-year-old's for the taking - if he wants the job.

He is the second highest ranking member of the church and by tradition has a

right of first refusal.

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