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Gerry Adams to meet with Church of Ireland Bishops

18 October, 2006


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will lead a party delegation including Caitriona Ruane MLA, Mary Lou McDonald MEP, Conor Murphy MP, Alex Maskey MLA and the head of the party's unionist outreach project Martina Anderson for talks with the Head of the Church of Ireland Archbishop Robin Eames and a senior Church delegation in Stormont on Monday 23rd October at 11am.  


This will be the first public meeting between the Sinn Féin leadership and the Church of Ireland.
Speaking today in advance of the meeting Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

"This meeting is an important and significant part of our overall strategy of engagement with the Protestant Churches.

"I look forward to meeting with the Archbishop to brief him on recent developments in the political process and outline what we believe are the necessary next steps as we seek to put back in place the suspended political institutions.

"The Churches have an important role to play in shaping a new shared future for all of the people who live here and I hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a dialogue between ourselves and the Church of Ireland in the time ahead." ENDS

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