A time for hope and reflection this Easter – Foster and O’Neill

This Easter we can all look forward with hope, the First Minister and deputy First Minister have said.

By Brendan McDaid
Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 9:40 am

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill said this will also be a time for reflection on the pain and hardship of the last year.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “This weekend we celebrate Easter, our second of this pandemic. The road has been very hard for so many over the last 12 months.

“I would ask people to take a moment this Easter Sunday to remember all those we have lost and those who are continuing to experience pain and hardship. For those of faith this can be through a time of prayer, as discussed recently with church leaders.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/3/2021: First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill, at the opening of the new Northern Ireland mass vaccination centre at the SSE Arena, in Belfast this morning. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

“We can take comfort from the Easter message of hope and renewal and be encouraged that brighter days are ahead.”

The deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “As we approach Easter, we are reminded of just how much our community has been through over the last year.

“This will be a time of mixed emotions for many. Our thoughts are with all those coming to terms with the pain and loss they have felt as families and individuals.

“Thankfully this year, with the success of our vaccination programme and the gradual easing of restrictions, we can all look to the future together with hope and optimism.”

The First Minister and deputy First Minister wish everyone a very happy and safe Easter.