Bishop of Clogher Liam McDaid retires due to ill health
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Liam MacDaid due to ill health.
Bishop MacDaid, a native of Bundoran in Co Donegal, was ordained to the priesthood in 1969.
He has been a bishop since 2010.
Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor said: "I have had the great pleasure and honour of working alongside Bishop Liam both as a member of the Irish Episcopal Conference and as a close personal friend over many years.
"Since his priestly ordination in 1969, and his episcopal ordination in 2010, Bishop Liam has ministered to the priests, religious and lay people of the Diocese of Clogher with a faith-filled spirituality, a compassionate pastoral sensitivity and a self-effacing humanity that has endeared him to those within his diocese and beyond.
"Above all, he has served and supported his priests and all those entrusted to his care with a remarkable capacity for empathy and with a Christian heart.
"I have no doubt that Bishop Liam can count on the continued prayers and support of his brother bishops along with the priests, religious and the people of Clogher in his years of retirement.
"I wish Bishop Liam every happiness in his retirement and look forward to our continued friendship in the years ahead."