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Bishop’s leadership plea at 1916 commemoration

A Bishop yesterday called for courageous leadership and warned that “cancerous growths” in society needed radical surgery, as Ireland honoured the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

As political leaders gathered in Arbour Hill, Dublin, where the leaders of the Rising are buried, Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor said “civil society and intermediate organisations must encourage and foster courageous leadership”.

He said since 1916, the Republic and Northern Ireland had reached a maturity we would not have dreamed of even 40 years ago and while progress had been enormous, problems persisted. “Not even a week ago, statistics indicated the surge in the growth of distrust in the Church, the government, banks, hospitals and the media,” the bishop said.

Distrust is infectious, he told the congregation, and can be corrosive of hope — a vital and spiritual element in the social capital of a people and nation.

Among those present were Taoiseach Brian Cowen, whose second anniversary as the Republic’s leader is tomorrow, President Mary McAleese and Tanaiste Mary Coughlan.

Belfast Telegraph