Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin on the retirement of Bishop Éamonn Walsh

30 Sep 2019

As President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, I wish to express my gratitude to Bishop Éamonn Walsh on his retirement today as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Dublin, and for his contribution to the life of the Church and to the work of the Bishops’ Conference since his ordination as a bishop in 1990.

Bishop Walsh combined energy in the service of the Church with a real pastoral instinct for those on the margins of society.  His contributions to debates at Conference level were matched by concrete actions on behalf of prisoners, those suffering from addictions and mothers who were struggling with crisis in pregnancy.

He was a valued Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Care, a former member of the Communications Council, and was President of Cura.  He was an inspirational founder of the Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative which continues to tackle the scourge of alcohol and drug abuse in society.

Bishop Walsh was also an early member of the team which set up the Bishops’ first Child Protection Office in 2001, and he has remained committed to building a robust safeguarding culture within the Church in Ireland.

I pray God’s blessings on Bishop Éamonn and wish him good health and happiness in a well-deserved retirement.


  • Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh, Apostolic Administrator of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. 

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