The Church of Ireland's General Synod is to reopen a debate on homosexuality that was discontinued yesterday because of doubts about whether bishops' proposals might change Church doctrine.

When the Synod reassembled for its second day this morning in Dublin, the Primate of All Ireland Dr Alan Harper said the vast majority of bishops were proposing that the debate should recommence tomorrow.

He said a revised motion would be tabled merging three motions that were proposed yesterday by the Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson and the Bishop of Down and Dromore Harold Miller.

The sole revision strikes out a reference to an internal discussion process on homosexuality in the Church, which began in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, in March.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Dr Michael Jackson said he hopes the re-opening of a debate on same sex marriage at the church's synod tomorrow will lead to greater understanding.