In a statement released on Saturday 1 October 2016, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland said:
‘I wish to express my deep gratitude to Bishop Liam MacDaid whose
resignation as Bishop of Clogher was accepted by Pope Francis today on
grounds of ill health.
Bishop MacDaid has been a valued member of the
Episcopal Conference since his ordination as Bishop of Clogher in 2010.
His gentle pastoral wisdom, his warm concern for others and his genuine
dedication to furthering the mission of the Church was evident in his
fidelity to the work of the Conference.
‘In particular, I salute Bishop Liam’s generous contribution to
ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care, his work with the Council for Marriage
and the Family of the Episcopal Conference, and his commitment to the
religious publisher Veritas.
‘Conscious of the horrific extent of injury and loss of human life on
our roads, Bishop Liam has been a compassionate and tireless advocate
for greater road safety awareness across the island, and in particular
amongst young people.
‘One of the highlights of Bishop Liam’s episcopal ministry was his
hosting in June 2012 of the Papal Legate, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, on the
pilgrimage island of Lough Derg as part of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland. It was a profoundly moving experience for all involved.
‘I look forward to our continued friendship in the years ahead and I
pray God’s blessing on Bishop Liam, assuring him of our prayerful good
wishes for his health at this time and in the future.’