Moderator congratulates new leaders

15.6.2017 | Moderator, Statements, Public Affairs

Following his own formal election as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland last week by the Church's General Assembly, Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely has written to congratulate the newly elected leaders of the UK and Ireland, assuring Theresa May MP and Leo Varadkar TD of his prayers.

In his letters to the Prime Minister and Taoiseach, Dr. McNeely congratulated both leaders on their elections and assured them of his prayers “and those of many throughout our Church…”

The Moderator spoke of how the call to leadership was "a great honour and a great challenge" and that followers of Jesus Christ “are called to pray for those in authority.” Touching on some of the mutual issues facing Mrs May and Mr Varadkar, which include the outworking of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the political situation in Northern Ireland, he spoke of ‘uncertain’ and ‘challenging times’ writing, “There is also an urgent need to find a resolution in Northern Ireland that establishes good government based on good working relationships.”

In all the decisions that the Prime Minister and Taoiseach face, Dr. McNeely also urged, “I hope that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and overseas will be at the forefront of your mind.”

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