President Michael D. Higgins has met with church leaders at Áras an Uachtaráin today in what has been described as a "focused, but relaxed and informal conversation" on a range of issues.

In a statement, the leaders the of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Ireland, Roman Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, and Irish Council of Churches said they were delighted to accept the President's invitation.

The context for meeting centred on a "shared commitment to reconciliation and peacebuilding" on the island of Ireland.

In a statement, the church leaders said that the important and vital work of peace is unfinished, but one they are all committed to actively pursuing "for the common good of all the people of Ireland".

"We were also keen to discuss together the difficult economic situation and its impact across the island," the statement added.

"At the same time, we spoke of its wider international implications, especially for the Global South when coupled with the devastating effects of Climate Change and famine, including in the Horn of Africa, which is particularly close to the President’s heart."