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Taoiseach meets with representatives of the Catholic Church

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting with representatives of the Catholic Church 

The Taoiseach today met with representatives of the Catholic Church as part of the process of structured dialogue between the Government and the churches and faith communities. This was the first in a series of bilateral meetings which will be held with dialogue partners.

At the meeting the Taoiseach was accompanied by the Tanaiste & Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Minister for Education & Skills, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection. The Church was represented by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop Michael Neary and Bishop Francis Duffy.

A wide ranging discussion took place on a range of important national and international issues.

The Taoiseach said:

I was very pleased with the engagement that took place today and found the exchange to be valuable. Churches and faith communities play an important role in Irish life and I think its very beneficial that Government should engage with them in a structured way.