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Bishop Eamonn Casey

Bishop Eamonn Casey

Bishop Eamonn Casey

His name was immortalised in folk song.

He was revered by those who he worked with in the community.

However, Eamonn Casey will forever be known to the public as the Bishop who fathered a child after having an affair.

In a more innocent era before the Catholic Church's reputation was rocked by scandals involving clerical abuse of children, the revelations around Eamonn Casey's secret private life was a bombshell.

A charismatic and controversial figure, Bishop Casey's resignation arguably marked the beginning of a decade where the relationship between the Catholic Church and its people would be changed forever.

President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to Bishop Casey and said many will remember his work on homelessness and housing with the Irish emigrant community in Britain and his work with TrĂ³caire.

The President acknowledged his work on humanitarian issues in South America, saying it helped increase Irish awareness of the sources of conflict there.

"Other aspects of his life were the source of pain to others, for which Bishop Casey has apologised and expressed his deep regret, and he himself had the experience of pain visited on him in later life," he said.

In an interview with Alan O'Keeffe of the Irish Independent, Annie Murphy reflected on the passing of a man who so influenced the perception of the Church.

Annie said: "It's an old story. And so many things have come out. It's 2017. It's the passing of an important individual in your country and my son's father."

We won't see his like again.

Kenny naive to expect a deal for the illegal Irish

Taoiseach Enda Kenny got stuck in a blizzard in Boston yesterday. He had to cancel a few events on his farewell tour of the United States. And his entourage had to take a train to Washington last night in order to avoid the huge blizzard.

Officials made the decision to cut short the Boston and Rhode Island legs of his five-city trip amid fears he could be prevented from making it to the US capital in time for his meeting with US President Donald Trump.

What a shame that would be.

Before he left Massachusetts, the Taoiseach got a reality check on the notion that the Irish community will somehow get a special deal on our illegal immigrants in the US, otherwise known as the undocumented Irish.

Bostob Mayor Marty Walsh, whose parents come from Galway, says he can't back a special deal for the undocumented Irish, as the solution needs to be far broader than just one country's emigrant community.

"I'm a proud son of Irish immigrants, but I would not be supportive of rules and regulations that just benefit people who are undocumented Irish.

"We need a comprehensive piece of legislation, we need some clarity for all immigrants, all undocumented immigrants," Mr Walsh said.

Mr Walsh is a vocal critic of Mr Trump's immigration policy. But he's right.

It's naive to think there will be one rule for the Irish and another for the rest.

Irish Independent