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Day 3

Three Bills Pass Their Final Stages at General Synod in Derry/Londonderry

Three Bills passed their final stages and were enacted at General Synod this morning in Derry/Londonderry.

Bill No 1 provides for the provision of a service of Holy Communion by Extension for persons unable to be present at the public celebration.

Bill No 2 provides for the Service of Prayer and Naming and the Funeral Service in cases of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Bill No 3 provides for the alteration of the territorial boundaries of the Provinces of Armagh and Dublin and unite the dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry and Limerick and Killaloe has been presented at General Synod in Derry/Londonderry this afternoon.

The Bill provides for the transfer a portion of the Diocese of Achonry from the United Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry to the Diocese of Elphin in the United Dioceses of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.

Furthermore, it proposes to alter the territorial boundaries of the Provinces of Armagh and Dublin by transferring the United Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry from the Province of Armagh to the Province of Dublin.

Finally the Bill seeks to unite under one bishop the two United Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry and Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly.

Each Bill was enacted.