John Mcdowell

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Church of Ireland Primate and Archbishop of Armagh John McDowell said they had  decided that in-person gatherings should remain suspended with the exception of weddings, funerals, as permitted by regulations. Photograph: iStock

All churches in Northern Ireland have extended restrictions on public worship until March. A similar restriction operates in the Republic with no indi(...)

Graves of those who died at    the Bethany home, in Mount Jerome Cemetery. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Church Missions (ICM) has said it “did not found, manage or finance any mother and baby homes”, after the Commission of Investigation into M(...)

A grave for children who died in the Bethany Home in Dublin. Church of Ireland primate Archbishop John McDowell and Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson said the women and children who passed through the homes ‘deserved much better’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The two Church of Ireland archbishops have acknowledged “with shame” that the church was “complicit, as with the rest of society at that time, in a cu(...)

“... There are those, best symbolised by residents in care homes but not restricted to them, whose needs have never been too far up the policy agenda and not just during the pandemic. This includes, of course, the elderly.” File photograph: iStock

Government files under embargo have been opened and people are no doubt looking back, as we do every year, with that customary range of reaction to th(...)

The statement was by Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin, Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell, Presbyterian Moderator Rev Dr David Bruce, President of the Methodist Church Rev Dr Thomas McKnight, and President of the Irish Council of Churches Rev Dr Ivan Patterson. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Ireland’s church leaders have acknowledged their different perspectives on Northern Ireland’s centenary next year but committed themselves “to buildin(...)

‘If we don’t come out of this pandemic more determined than ever to devote our best brains and substantial resources to a properly integrated health and care system then I wonder when we ever will.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The treatment of older people during the pandemic “has been not far short of a disgrace,” Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell has said.(...)

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork. Photograph: Google Street View

President Michael D Higgins has praised the Church of Ireland community in Cork for its work in ensuring that St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in the city has(...)

The Church of Ireland’s first woman deacon, Rev Katharine Poulton, was ordained to that role three years previously in June 1987. Photograph: iStock

The 30th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of Ireland will be marked at its General Synod this week. The General(...)

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell is one of four church leaders who have signed the letter, which is published in Monday’s Financial Times

The UK Internal Market Bill will have “enormous moral, as well as political and legal, consequences” if passed into law, the four Anglican primates of(...)

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell (above) and Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson said they ‘recognised that very difficult situations and emotions can arise from the management of care towards the end of a life’.

The Church of Ireland Archbishops have called for sensitivity in discussing end of life issues as the Dying with Dignity Bill in the Dáil goes to Comm(...)

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