Church Leaders Meet Chair Of The Social Development Committee Alex Maskey MLA

(L–R) Revd Dr Donald Ker, General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Mr Fra McCann MLA, Mr Micky Brady MLA, Mr Alex Maskey MLA, Chair of the Social Development Committee, Most Revd Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Most Revd Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, Mr Mervyn McCullagh, Executive Officer, Irish Council of Churches, Rt Revd Dr Michael Barry, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Canon Shane Forster, Church of Ireland.

Following a request for meetings over the impact of on–going cuts in the welfare system on the most vulnerable, Church leaders today met with the Chair of the Social Development Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey MLA, and other representatives of Sinn Féin. This follows their meeting on 20th October with Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey MLA (DUP).

During the meeting they emphasised that Churches are acutely aware of the harsh realities faced by many dependent on welfare and how the current environment of uncertainty is generating high levels of fear and confusion among those who are already very vulnerable. They stressed that politicians need to act quickly to address that fear.

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