President Michael D Higgins with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Castle on his State Visit to the UK in 2014
Further to President Higgins’ intention to skip a church service with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth next month to mark Northern Ireland’s centenary…
Áras an Uachtaráin has not explained why President Higgins will not be at the service.
A spokesman for President Higgins said he is not in a position to attend the ceremony.
It is understood that the President’s attendance had been expected at the event.
The Catholic primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, will attend along with the heads of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and the Irish Council of Churches.
In a statement, the churches leaders said the service of “Reflection and Hope” will mark the centenaries of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland.
They said it was being held to contribute towards the work of building community and deepening relationships.
A spokesperson for Archbishop Martin said they had no further comment on the President’s attendance at the event.
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