Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Pope Francis © Paul Haring (KNA)
Dublin's Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin resigns from office. Pope Francis accepted the 75-year-old's offer of resignation for reasons of age, the Vatican announced. The pope appointed 66-year-old Dermot Pius Farrell as his successor.
The latter was previously head of the diocese of Ossory, based in Kilkenny in the south of Ireland. Martin had presided over the Irish capital's diocese of Dublin since 2004. His tenure was marked by the processing of numerous cases of sexual abuse from the past. Previously, the Dublin native had worked at the Roman Curia since 1977, including at the Pontifical Council "Justitia et Pax," a specialized agency for human rights.
Between 2001 and 2003, Martin was the Holy See's permanent observer to UN authorities in Geneva and to the World Trade Organization (WTO); for many years he represented the Vatican at major international conferences. From 2006 to 2009, Martin was also vice president of the EU bishops' commission COMECE.
Not elevated to the cardinalate
As Archbishop of Dublin, Martin was not elevated to the rank of cardinal. Since 2019, Catholic Ireland is without voting rights in a possible papal election.
The future archbishop of Dublin, Farrell, a native of Castletown-Geoghegan, was ordained a priest for the diocese of Meath in 1980, specialized in dogmatics at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and taught moral theology at Maynooth at the St. Patrick's College, whose leadership he later took over. After years in parish ministry and as vicar general of Meath, he was appointed bishop of Ossory in 2018.
In the Irish Bishops' Conference he is financial secretary and member of the Permanent Council.