Time to work for common good

Rev Dr Norman Hamilton said this is a 'critically important week for Northern Ireland'
Rev Dr Norman Hamilton said this is a 'critically important week for Northern Ireland'

As the political talks process enters what is expected to be its final phase, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has encouraged all participants to reach an accommodation for the common good.

Speaking about the ongoing negotiations, the Very Rev Dr Norman Hamilton, Convenor of the Council for Church in Society, said, “This is a critically important week for Northern Ireland.

“As is the nature of any negotiation, those involved are unlikely to achieve everything that they set out to achieve, so as a Church we would encourage all the participants to work resolutely to find an accommodation for the common good of all the people of Northern Ireland.

“As a Church we also hope that both the British and Irish Governments would play their part by positively contributing to an agreement that will both deal with the outstanding issues, and lay a foundation on which trust and confidence can be rebuilt.

“All those involved in the negotiations will be in our prayers and the prayers of many other people this week,” he said.