Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has extended his best wishes to the Bishop Cork & Ross John Buckley on his retirement.

Deputy Martin commented, “Bishop Buckley has given a lifetime of service to the people of Cork and Ross and will be sadly missed. He was a proud pastoral leader rooted in the community, and was hugely generous with his time and counsel.

“He was an extremely compassionate man and advocate for people who had become disenfranchised, working closely with those on the margins.

“He also had a great love of Cork and was a regular at all codes of sport.

“I wish him well in his retirement and thank him sincerely for his service to the people of Cork.

“I also want to welcome Father Fintan Gavin to the Diocese and congratulate him on his appointment as Bishop of Cork & Ross and I look forward to engaging with him over the coming months and years”.