Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward Daly in 1987 says he will “always be grateful for his pastoral guidance, kindness and support”.
He said: “Bishop Edward was an iconic figure in the civic and Church life of Ireland, north and south.
“He truly lived and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ and, in doing so, became a role model for all of us.”
Archbishop Martin added: “Bishop Edward literally spent himself in the service of others. His episcopal motto ‘pasce oves meas’ (feed my sheep) inspired a total pastoral giving of himself in service and love for his diocese. He was a gentle shepherd whose immense contribution to the spiritual and moral well-being of the people of Derry diocese during a troubled time shall never be forgotten. He had a sensitive heart and generous disposition; ever caring to the sick, the bereaved, and to victims on all sides of the Troubles.”
He said he “took a personal interest in those who suffered miscarriages of justice” and “his untiring advocacy for the Birmingham Six, the victims of Bloody Sunday and for the families of those murdered by paramilitaries earned him respect from some, suspicion from others.”
“Bishop Edward will be remembered as a fearless peace-builder – as exemplified by his courage on Bloody Sunday in Derry – and as a holy and humble faith leader,” Archbishop Martin said.
“His bravery was also apparent in his lived conviction that violence from any side during the Troubles was futile and could never be morally justified. He was courageous in speaking out against injustice and took many personal risks for peace and reconciliation.”