Athlone Councillors divided over re-introduction of prayer before meetings

Athlone MD’s introduction of a prayer before meetings has been called “a step backwards”.

Councillor Louise Heavin raised the issue after all other councillors voted in favour of the proposal.

The prayer, which was proposed by Councillor Tom Farrell, ends with the words “we make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen”.

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Councillor Heavin claims councillors should not prioritise one religion over another, and that although the sentiment of the prayer is good, she feels it isn’t inclusive of everyone.

She says religion and politics should be kept separate:

But Fine Gael’s John Dolan says you can’t include everyone: