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Methodist President calls for ‘signs of progress’ to be reflected in community response to forthcoming 11th night bonfires and 12th July processions

July 9, 2018

The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Rev William Davison, has issued the following Statement as we approach the 11th and 12th July:

In recent days we have witnessed the acknowledgement of cultures other than our own. It began when the Leo Varadkar TD the Irish Taoiseach visited the Headquarters of the Orange Institution in Belfast.

‘It continued in the visit by the DUP Leader to a GAA Football Final in Clones where she was well received and demonstrated in South Belfast when  local GAA  members accepted the invitation of the local Orange District to visit the Ballnafeigh Orange Hall and in return  invited the Orange men to visit the local GAA Club.

‘The Annual Orange parade to Rossnowlagh County Donegal and a recent Orange Parade in North Belfast both passed off without incident.

‘It is my hope and prayer that these signs of progress will be reflected as we approach both the “Eleventh Night” bonfires and the annual Twelfth Procession.

‘I would call on both sides of our community to continue to reflect these signs of progress and not do or say anything which might put a stumbling block to this progress.’

 

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