Written answers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Department of An Taoiseach

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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47. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on the meeting he held with church leaders on 4 July 2019; the issues that were discussed; if there was progress on the new covenant between church and State that he announced in 2018; and if religious schools were discussed. [30015/19]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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A Plenary Meeting with Churches, Faith Communities and Non-Confessional Organisations was held on Thursday 4 July 2019 in Dublin Castle. Discussion at the Meeting focused on three main themes: effective structured dialogue; inclusive and diverse communities; and education.

The Meeting offered a good opportunity to discuss what a new relationship between Church and State might look like.

The Report of the Plenary Meeting will be finalised at a later date.

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