Irish Bishop Daly, Known as 'Bloody Sunday' Priest, Dies at 82

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Irish Bishop Daly, Known as 'Bloody Sunday' Priest, Dies at 82


DUBLIN -- Bishop Edward Daly of Derry, known for his tireless advocacy for peace and reconciliation during decades of sectarian tension in Northern Ireland, died in a hospital in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Aug. 8.

Daly, who retired in 1993 due to ill health after having a stroke, was 82. He had been recently diagnosed with cancer.

The film and photo of Daly waving a bloodstained handkerchief on "Bloody Sunday," Jan. 30, 1972, when 14 civil rights protesters were shot dead by the British army in Londonderry, became an iconic image of the violence in Northern Ireland of that era. For decades, the victims were accused of being terrorists. However, in 2010, an independent inquiry ruled that all the victims and the injured had been unarmed and that those killed had been killed unlawfully.

Daly worked tirelessly with the families to clear their names and ensure that an independent inquiry would overturn the allegations that they were terrorists.

Irish President Michael Higgins expressed "great sadness" at news of Daly's death.

"Edward Daly will be remembered by many for his peaceful, compassionate, humanitarian and courageous actions during the appalling events of Bloody Sunday," Higgins said. "This was but one part of the great contribution that was his life of service to the citizens of Derry, including as it did his leadership in the tasks of regeneration and his work with the hospice movement in the later part of his life. …

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