Community relations ‘put under strain’ by Haass failure: Archbishop Martin

Dr Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. (1904PG100)
Dr Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. (1904PG100)

The Derry-born priest set to become the new leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland says the failure of the North’s politicians to endorse the Haass proposals on parades, flags and the past is “straining” relations between the two communities.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, has voiced his frustration at the stalled Haass process and his concern that the failure of politicians to support the US diplomat’s proposals is tarnishing Northern Ireland’s image worldwide.

“While Dr Haass has remained utterly diplomatic and professional in his response, do we really believe that rejecting the proposals of a man of such international standing and integrity does not damage our reputation internationally, or the case for inward investment?” he asked.

Dr. Martin, who is due to take over from Cardinal Sean Brady as Catholic primate this summer, made his comments to a predominantly Protestant audience at the Ballymena Borough Church Members’ Forum on Tuesday night.

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