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Listen: Bishop Eamon Casey Has Died.

: 03/13/2017 - 17:03

The death has been announced of retired Bishop Eamon Casey. Mr Casey left Ireland amid controversy in the early 90's after it was discovered he'd fathered a child with an American divorcée Annie Murphy. Aisling O' Rourke reports:

18aisling-bishop-vcr-tg-aor-.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

Eamon Casey was ordained a Catholic priest in 1951- he was appointed Bishop of Kerry 18 years later, and Bishop of Galway in 1976.

He was seen as a progressive and highly influential member of the church, until his resignation in 1992, after reports surfaced of his sexual relationship with American divorcée Annie Murphy - with whom he had a son.

It was a pivotal moment for the church in Ireland, which until then held considerable influence over society and politics.

It's understood Mr Casey passed away this afternoon following an a long illness.

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At the time the news broke in 1992 Bishop Casey's son Peter was 17 years old.

Annie Murphy laid bare the facts of their relationship a year later in an interview with Gay Byrne on the Late Late Show:

18murphy-bishop-add-clip-aor-.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

 

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