This Easter we can all look forward with hope, the First Minister and deputy First Minister have said.
Speaking ahead of the Easter weekend, Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill said this will also be a time for reflection on the pain and hardship of the last year.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: “This weekend we celebrate Easter, our second of this pandemic. The road has been very hard for so many over the last 12 months.
“I would ask people to take a moment this Easter Sunday to remember all those we have lost and those who are continuing to experience pain and hardship. For those of faith this can be through a time of prayer, as discussed recently with church leaders.
“We can take comfort from the Easter message of hope and renewal and be encouraged that brighter days are ahead.”
The deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “As we approach Easter, we are reminded of just how much our community has been through over the last year.
“This will be a time of mixed emotions for many. Our thoughts are with all those coming to terms with the pain and loss they have felt as families and individuals.
“Thankfully this year, with the success of our vaccination programme and the gradual easing of restrictions, we can all look to the future together with hope and optimism.”
The First Minister and deputy First Minister wish everyone a very happy and safe Easter.