Irish archbishop calls for last drinks

Archbishop Eamon Martin  (CNS/Paul Haring)

An archbishop in Ireland has said it is time for Irish society to "reignite a temperance movement" to address the "terrible impact" of alcohol and drugs. Source: Irish Independent.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland, Eamon Martin, expressed concern over the fallout from drugs on the "streets of all of our major towns and villages".

"We see how addictions like this can devastate family life and social life," he said.

He warned that drink and drugs were also factors in the "terrible amounts of domestic violence" in Irish society.

The archbishop was speaking after a Mass at St Peter's Church in Drogheda to honour the martyred Irish saint Oliver Plunkett, who was hung, drawn and quartered in 1681 in England and whose head is housed in a shrine at the church.

During his lifetime, St Oliver, who was Archbishop of Armagh, gave up alcohol after he became concerned about "the devastation it was causing to the priestly life of his clergy", Archbishop Martin explained.

Following a recent spate of violent attacks in Drogheda, the archbishop said he had been speaking to local priests and community leaders who were "very concerned" about the violence and criminality and other anti-social behaviour linked to drugs.

He said priests and community leaders were "quietly working on the ground to do what they can to try and encourage people to stand up to this and to try to keep their streets peaceful".


'Reignite temperance movement to battle drink, drugs' - bishop (Irish Independent)

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