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.
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.