Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív has expressed his shock at the attack perpetrated on Holy Trinity Church in Errislannan, Clifden.
Deputy Ó Cuív said; “I wish to extend my support to the local Church of Ireland congregation. In particular I salute Rev Stan Evans, whom I know well, for the characteristic leadership that he has shown in the face of extensive criminal damage to his beautiful church. The pictures of the overturned and smashed pews, and damaged pulpit, altar, organ and light fittings, are deeply disturbing. Rev Stan’s articulation of the upset and concern affecting the congregation was searingly honest and moving at a personal level.
“The shared history of the Christian denominations of our State is underpinned by a religious tolerance which in turn defines these solid relationships. This reality is a bulwark of our democracy and one in which everyone has a responsibility to foster. It is also true that a mature and self-confident country should cherish the role of faith groups and their contribution to the common good. So, when an awful incident such as the attack on the church in Errislannan occurs, it should be treated as a matter of grave concern by all.
“My sincere hope is that this crime is but a one off incident. I would urge anyone with any information to help the gardaí with their inquiries at Clifden Garda Station on (095 ) 22500.”