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Presbyterian Moderator leads delegation on visit to Dublin for discussions with TDs

From left: the Very Rev Dr Trevor Morrow; Rt Rev Dr Charles McMullen, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church; Sean Crowe TD; and Rev Trevor Gribben in Dublin
From left: the Very Rev Dr Trevor Morrow; Rt Rev Dr Charles McMullen, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church; Sean Crowe TD; and Rev Trevor Gribben in Dublin
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Rt Rev Dr Charles McMullen, was in Dublin yesterday leading a delegation to the Irish Parliament where he met members of Dáil Éireann.

Dr McMullen was accompanied by Rev Trevor Gribben, Clerk of the General Assembly and General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, along with former moderator and minister emeritus of Lucan Presbyterian Church in Co Dublin, the Very Rev Dr Trevor Morrow.

During the visit the senior Presbyterians met An Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD and Seán Crowe TD, chair of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

"It was a pleasure to make the acquaintance of An Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl again, having met him at the special centenary sitting of the Dáil in the Mansion House in January, and to meet Deputy Crowe for the first time," said Dr McMullan.

"As an all-island denomination it is important that we continue to engage with TDs to represent the voice of Presbyterians both north and south of the border.

"Our conversations have been wide ranging and reflected on the continued lack of government in Northern Ireland, the ongoing Brexit discussions, and the pace of legislative change in Ireland following recent referenda.

"Against the current backdrop of uncertainty, it is important for us to continue to build relationships that provide opportunities to discuss the issues that affect people and the world in which we live.

"We look forward to continued engagement with members of the Oireachtas and the Government in the coming months and years to come."

The meetings were part of the church's ongoing commitment to engage with elected representatives in both jurisdictions at local, regional and national level.

The Moderator recently visited the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, and attended events in Co Monaghan and Donegal.

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