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Tributes paid to Cardinal Daly

Cardinal Cahal Daly

Church leaders and politicians have been paying tribute to Cardinal Cahal Daly, the former Catholic Primate of All Ireland, who died on New Year's Eve.



CARDINAL SEAN BRADY, HEAD OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELAND

"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. With leaders of other Christian traditions, his work for reconciliation helped to create the environment and principles upon which a lasting political accommodation was eventually reached."

MARTIN McGUINNESS, DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER, SINN FEIN

"It is no secret during the conflict that republicans and Cardinal Daly never enjoyed a close relationship.

"However, in the course of recent years I met with him on numerous occasions all of which were friendly and warm encounters. So it was with genuine sadness this evening that I learnt of his passing."

SHAUN WOODWARD, NORTHERN IRELAND SECRETARY

"His life was and will remain an inspiration to so many.

"Through his service to God, he truly helped create a better world in which we are able to live today. During the Troubles, he was a commanding and unfaltering voice, demanding without fear that those engaged in violence lay down their arms."

MARY McALEESE, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND

"Cardinal Cahal Daly had a long and distinguished career and will be fondly remembered by many people on this island.

"He showed immense courage in his efforts to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Northern Ireland and he was deeply committed to inter-church relations.

"He was an outstanding scholar and writer and maintained his academic interests right up to the time of his death."

TONY BLAIR, FORMER PRIME MINISTER

"Cardinal Daly's death is a real loss to the lives of the people of the island of Ireland.

"He made a significant contribution to delivering peace as he worked to break down barriers between communities. His life is a real and lasting example of effective religious leadership working to build peace and resolve conflict in the most challenging of circumstances."

BRIAN COWEN, IRISH PRIME MINISTER

"Cardinal Daly was a man of great intellect and humanity who had made a huge contribution to both the Catholic Church and civic society in Ireland.

"He was a trenchant supporter of peace. He was an outspoken critic of those who used violence to achieve political objectives."

JOHN HUME, FORMER SDLP LEADER AND NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE

"Cardinal Daly was a highly respected Church leader at a time when leadership was so very important to the peace process.

"I always welcomed his complete support for our efforts to find the historic agreement which gives us the relative stability which we enjoy today."

DR STAFFORD CARSON, PRESBYTERIAN MODERATOR

"Completely and totally opposed to violence, he was an outspoken critic of the armed campaign of the IRA and recognised that any future arrangements for the governance of Northern Ireland had to involve unionist and nationalist, Protestant and Catholic in order to create a community in which everyone could feel at home."

ALAN HARPER, CHURCH OF IRELAND PRIMATE

"During the most challenging of times, the Cardinal gave wise and courageous leadership both as Bishop of Down and Connor and subsequently as Archbishop of Armagh."

REVEREND DONALD KER, PRESIDENT OF METHODIST CHURCH

"Cardinal Daly was a man of strong principles coupled with a gentle Christian spirit.

"Among the many things which he accomplished during his long ministry were the steps he undertook to improve understanding between the Christian Churches on this island."

ARLENE FOSTER, ENTERPRISE MINISTER, DUP

"I send my sincere sympathy to Cardinal Daly's family circle at this time of grief.

"Whilst I had many differences with the Cardinal in both political and theological matters, I pay tribute to his consistent opposition to the use of violence.

"His passing has undoubtedly left many within the Roman Catholic community and beyond deeply saddened and we recognise their immense grief at this time."

MARK DURKAN, SDLP LEADER

"Cardinal Daly was both a deeply spiritual and highly intellectual man who could show great charm at a personal level.

"During the terrible years of the Troubles, he offered profound pastoral leadership in the face of violence, injustice, repression and prejudice. He provided a steady and sure moral compass through the turbulence and the darkness."

DANNY KENNEDY, UU DEPUTY LEADER

"Whilst unionists would have had profound political differences with the cardinal, we always respected him as a man of integrity and immense standing within his Church.

"He was a man of outstanding intellect on theological matters and he took a courageous stand against the violence of the IRA during the Troubles."



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