The Taoiseach has met with all-island Christian Church Leaders to discuss the recent violence in Northern Ireland.

Representatives of the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church and the President of the Irish Council of Churches were in attendance.

The Government said in a statement they had "a very constructive discussion on Northern Ireland, including a shared and grave concern at recent incidents of violence on the streets".

They discussed the complexities and sensitivities around implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol and the commitment to uphold the Good Friday Agreement.

The meeting also focused on a number of issues relating to social cohesion after the pandemic, ensuring that nobody is left behind.

They agreed that the pandemic has posed challenges for all citizens in terms of their mental health and well-being.

The importance of faith to the spiritual and mental well-being of many people and communities was also recognised at the meeting.

The statement concludes that they look forward to the time when church services and other in-person activities can resume.