It is only fitting that Irish ministers attend the Northern Ireland centenary church service
I support the Irish government’s decision to be officially represented at church service later this month in Armagh (Photo).
Throughout the controversy over President Higgins’ decision to decline the invitation of the four major churches to attend, there has been a misrepresentation of what was actually stated in the invitation. While some of these problems are due to the fact that some political commentators did not actually read the invitation, others have deliberately misled the public.
In particular, Fianna Fail TD’s statement Cathal Crowe on Clare Byrne’s RTE radio program Thursday in tandem with Sinn Fein TD’s statements were inaccurate. To illustrate this, I would like to refer directly to what was said in the invitation itself.
First, the invitation describes President Higgins as “President of Ireland” twice in the invitation and not as Cathal Crowe and many others mistakenly claim that he was called “President of the Republic of Ireland”. Ireland ”.
Second, the invitation does not indicate that it is a commemoration. He says and I quote: “The service will be the occasion for an honest reflection on the last hundred years, with the recognition of the failures and the wounds, but also with a clear affirmation of our common commitment to build a future marked by peace, reconciliation and a commitment to the common good. The dominant theme will be that of “hope”.
How can we claim that these words describe the event as a “commemoration”.
It is therefore very fitting that we participate in this ecumenical service.
John Cushnahan, Former Alliance Party Leader and Fine Gael MEP, Co Limerick
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