Bishop Eamon Casey pictured in Moyross in 1978
A LIMERICK woman who initiated civil proceedings in the High Court against Bishop Eamon Casey will see the case go to trial at a personal injuries hearing in Limerick early next year.
The proceedings against Bishop Casey, now 89, and living in a nursing home in county Clare, are listed among five sets of civil proceedings in relation to members of the clergy, regarding a number of claims in the Limerick diocese spanning several decades.
Affidavits have now been served by Limerick solicitor Tommy Dalton, on behalf of the woman, and the Killarney based legal firm Liam F. Coghlan & Co have come on record for Bishop Casey, who for a time was listed as having no legal representation. Both parties have now served affidavits.
Representatives from Bishop Casey’s defence were not available to comment at the time of going to print. A defence has yet to be filed in respect of Bishop Casey.
A joint action is also being taken against the current Bishop of Limerick, Dr Brendan Leahy – solely in his representative capacity as the current head of the diocese. The Limerick diocese is being represented in this case by Leahy & Partner solicitors in Limerick.
Bishop Casey was based in Limerick from 1955 to 1960, when he served at St John’s Cathedral as curate.
Two other cases entered against Bishop Leahy last year, again solely in his capacity as head of the diocese, have been discontinued, according to court files. However, five cases have been entered against Bishop Leahy this year, including three cases by women, including the aforementioned case in relation to Bishop Casey. A case taken by a man against Bishop Leahy, also lists the Minister for Education and the Attorney General as co-defendants, along with a number of members or former members of the clergy.
Born in Kerry, Bishop Casey, the former Bishop of both Galway and Kerry, was brought up in Adare, where his father was a creamery manager, and he attended school at St Munchin's College.