Issued by the Government Press Office
A Plenary Meeting, with members of the government and representatives of almost 30 different Churches, Faith Communities and Non-Confessional Organisations takes place today (Thursday July 4th) in Dublin Castle.
The Plenary Meeting has been organised as part of the Church State Structured Dialogue Process, which was established in 2005 and forms part of the Government’s commitment to carry out wide-ranging and inclusive consultation on public policy.
Today’s meeting is the first time that the Taoiseach will meet in this format with such a wide range of faith-based and non-confessional organisations. The event will begin with an opening address by the Taoiseach, followed by a discussion focussing on themes including: effective structured dialogue; inclusive and diverse communities; and education.
The Plenary Meeting is an important consultative step in developing the relationship between Church and State. It is an inclusive and transparent means of bringing all dialogue partners together to discuss issues of shared importance. It also reflects the increasingly diverse range of faith-based communities in Ireland and the important role they play in our society.
Speaking at the event the Taoiseach said:
Invitations issued to a wide range of representatives of Churches, Faith Communities and Non-Confessional Organisations in Ireland to attend today’s Church State Dialogue. The following list accepted: