Bishop calls for ‘courageous leadership’ in the North

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A senior Catholic Church figure has called for imaginative and courageous leadership to lift Northern Ireland politics away from fear and stagnation.

Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor said there was a “lethargic acceptance and tolerance” by people of the current state of affairs in the region.

In a homily delivered at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Carryduff on Sunday morning, the cleric painted a bleak picture of the current political landscape in the North.

He warned of a weak economy; a private sector bereft of support from political institutions, and a lack of creative political engagement with key issues.

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