BISHOP Cahal Daly of Down and Conor set out on Sunday a four-point programme which he believes should be agreed by Christmas in Northern Ireland.
Speaking at St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast in a service broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Bishop Daly declared: • "We will have no truck with violence or with organisations of any shape or colour committed to violence."
• "We _want an end to sectarianism in all its forms."
• "We want no more verbal violence or threats of violence, no more intimidation, no more political or religious hatespeak." • "We want our politicians here to begin talking with one another across the political divide — and we want them to begin talking now."
Bishop Daly accused both sides of the religious divide of living in the past. "But this is 1986, not 1690 or 1912, and not 1798 or 1916 either. We want a new beginning, a new future."
Bishop Daly indicated that more action on the ground was needed from the churches in Northern Ireland. -It was -importantto concentrate on specifics and not mere generalities, he said quoting a local saying: "If 'ifs' and 'ands' were pots and pans, there'd be no need of tinsmiths."