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Latest bid to choose bishop ends in failure

THE Church of Ireland will try for a third time to elect a new bishop after its latest attempt to find a candidate ended in failure.

It followed a five-hour meeting at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, where the church's 64-strong electoral college met in an attempt to appoint a new Bishop of Meath and Kildare.

The meeting of the electoral college, which includes representatives of the diocese and from the House of Bishops, had been reconvened following the decision by Archdeacon Leslie Stevenson (54) to turn down the original appointment.

Archdeacon Stevenson, who is from Belfast, had originally been elected in late January and was due to be consecrated as bishop earlier this month in Christ Church Cathedral – the same venue where yesterday's unsuccessful electoral meeting was held.

But he declined the post last month following the emergence of a previous relationship with a female parishioner.

After the meeting, Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson, thanked "all concerned and undertake to now convey this information to the Secretary of the House of Bishops".

Irish Independent