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Leaders pay warm tributes to courage of Cahal Daly

Cardinal Cahal Daly is lying in state today in the cathedral closely associated with his ministry.

Politicians and church leaders paid tribute to the 92-year-old retired prelate, who died on Thursday in Belfast after a short illness.

Cardinal Daly was Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of all Ireland from 1990 until 1996, but his body lies in state in St Peter's Cathedral, west Belfast, where he spent much of his career.

Politicians praised the former Church leader for helping to nurture the peace process.


Catholic Primate Cardinal Sean Brady led the tributes, saying: "At a critical and troubled time in Irish history he was prophetic in his conviction that lasting peace can only be built on justice, mutual understanding and respect for the traditions and aspirations of others.

"He was firm and courageous in his absolute rejection of violence as a means of achieving political ends." The Cardinal's body will lie in state until 9pm.

Tomorrow, Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor will lead a service at 3pm before the Cardinal's body is taken to St Patrick's Cathedral, in Armagh, for funeral Mass on Tuesday.