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:
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.
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: