Matt Cooper: Bishop Casey, money, morality and the making of Ireland

No one could have predicted the long-running, far-reaching repercussions of the news of Bishop Casey’s secret lover and child

19th March, 2017
Bishop Eamon Casey (centre) in 1985, eleven years after he had fathered a child with Annie Murphy Picture: RollingNews

Few scandals have ever exercised, energised and indeed entertained the Irish public quite like the story of Bishop Eamon Casey, who died last Monday aged 89, did in the spring of 1992.

It was possibly the best Irish tabloid story ever. Except it appeared on the front page of a broadsheet, the Irish Times.

And it wasn’t the use of Church money – the justification which the paper used for publication, as it disclosed Casey’s use of...

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