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Eames:Intrigued

The Primate of All Ireland, Dr Robin Eames (right), told a press conference at the Church of Ireland’s General Synod on Tuesday that the appointment of Peter Hain as Northern Ireland Secretary, in addition to his post as Welsh Secretary, has given rise to the perception that Northern Ireland was not as high a priority in the new UK government as it had been previously. He was intrigued, he said.

In the General Election, the defeat of the Ulster Unionist Party by Democratic Unionists, and the gains by Sinn Fein, meant that a polarised society had given power to both parties, he said. But all depended on how that power was used. He warned the victors: “Peace and justice remain more important than any single party. History will not judge kindly a reluctance to use political power to make society on this island safer, more stable and just.”

Full report from the C of I General Synod next week

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