Monday 19th December 2016
All faiths, Bahà'í, Buddhism, Christian, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Integration, Mutuality, Pluralism, Respect, United
Launch of Dublin City Interfaith Charter
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr launches the newly adopted Charter of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum at a reception in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, at 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday 20th December, 2016.
The Charter has been agreed and signed by representatives of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum and deals with issues including religious freedom, inter–faith dialogue and the promotion of religious diversity in the city. Having committed to this Charter, the Forum propose to agree a schedule of projects and programmes in partnership with Dublin City Council to further its aims.
Speaking about the event the Lord Mayor said “It is my pleasure to welcome representatives from the various religious bodies involved through the Dublin City Interfaith Forum with the creation of this farseeing Charter. Dublin has always enjoyed a very open attitude to different communities and cultures and this charter further reaffirms our commitment to this at a time when intolerance would appear to be more widespread among different nations.”
According to Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, Chair of the Interfaith Forum, “It is intended that the new Interfaith Charter will provide the platform for educating and encouraging people of different faiths to dialogue and act together in challenging all forms of injustice and discrimination. Echoing recent media comments from the Minister for Integration, David Stanton TD, Mr. O’Sullivan said that the Interfaith Forum is committed to work alongside other agencies to influence and support the integration process on many levels.”
Archbishop of Dublin Most Rev Dr. Michael Jackson said, “The Lord Mayor’s involvement in the Dublin City Interfaith Charter is a proactive contribution by The First Citizen to the life of the city and its communities in the areas of Faith and Culture. I commend it to everyone as a charter of respect and diversity.”
Sheikh Hussein Halawa, Chair of the Irish Council of Imams said, “The most significant contribution we can make now is to help people to live confidently with religious diversity, and to dispel fear of differences, the fear of the ‘other’. The Interfaith Charter will enable faith communities to develop better understanding, relationships of deeper respect and acceptance of each other as human beings.”
For media information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
For information on the Dublin City Interfaith Forum see: https://www.dublincityinterfaithforum.org/