Former Bishop of Galway Eamon Casey dies

Image copyright AP Image caption Eamon Casey, former bishop of Galway, dies aged 89

The former Bishop of Galway, Eamon Casey, who was at the centre of a scandal that rocked the Catholic church in the early 1990s, has died.

He died on Monday, aged 89, in a nursing home in Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare, following an illness.

Bishop Casey had resigned as Bishop of Galway following the revelation he had been making payments to a woman in the United States for a long period.

He had a relationship with an American woman and was the father of her son.

When the matter became public in 1992 he resigned his post, returned briefly to Galway, and then went to America.

He later moved to Mexico to learn Spanish, worked as a missionary priest in Ecuador and in an English parish before returning to retire to Galway 14 years later.


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