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McGuinness welcomes appointment of Monsignor Eamon Martin

18 January, 2013

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA has wished the new coadjutor bishop in the Archdiocese of Armagh, Monsignor Eamon Martin he very best wishes in his new appointment.

Mr McGuinness said:

“I have known Monsignor Eamon Martin for many years. He is a progressive thinker and a man who has demonstrated an ability to connect with ordinary Catholics.

“This move provides an opportunity for renewal with the Irish Catholic Church so badly damaged by the handling of the criminal abuse of children. There will be an expectation that in the time ahead Monsignor Martin will take over from Cardinal Brady as Archbishop of Armagh.

“The next few years will be a crucial time for the Catholic Church in Ireland and I wish Monsignor Martin well in his new appointment and in meeting the many challenges that he will face in the years ahead.”

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