The Clerk of Ireland Yearly Meeting, Heather Bewley, represented the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland at the Presidential Inauguration in Dublin Castle on 11 November 2018.
Heather read the following prayer:
We ask you to bless all those in public office. We give thanks for these men and women who take on such responsibility, and who serve the community with integrity and respect for all. May they seek your guidance in their work and know the support of those they represent.
With rapid changes taking place world-wide, we pray that our politicians are aware their decisions may effect both our environment, and the sustainability of the whole world.
We remember today the ending of World War One, but cannot forget the many countries where there is still fighting.
We pray that oireachtas members will continually strive to make Ireland a country of inclusion, equality, justice and peace, and be proactive in promoting these goals at European and International level.