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DUP meets Presbyterian leaders

North Belfast DUP politicians met church leaders recently to discuss deprivation and sectarianism.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds MP and Nelson McCausland MLA joined party leader and First Minister Peter Robinson as well as William Humphrey MLA to meet with senior Presbyterian Church leaders.

The DUP delegation met with Rev Norman Hamilton, moderator of the General Assembly, Rev Donald Watts, clerk of the Assembly and Dr Lesley Carol, convenor of the Presbyterian Church and Society Committee.

Speaking after the meeting, the First Minister said: “Faith groups have an important place in Northern Ireland society.

“As the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland, the Presbyterian Church has a role to play in keeping Northern Ireland moving forward towards a shared and truly integrated community,” he said.

“I was pleased to meet with senior church representatives, especially Rev Hamilton who has a strong track record of working in socially deprived communities.

“I have seen for myself, in inner east Belfast, the valuable work of the Presbyterian Church, through the Westbourne congregation, in helping communities to move forward and increase in confidence and capacity. I am keen to encourage similar enterprises throughout Northern Ireland, added the DUP leader.

Nigel Dodds said: “The DUP has formed a strong partnership with the Presbyterian Church on key issues, including helping those affected by the collapse of the Presbyterian Mutual Society. I want to increase the strength of that partnership and help to build stronger communities throughout Northern Ireland.”

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