Bishop Daly in hospital

Stasia McCollam, pictured with Bishop Edward Daly, at his book signing in Gallagher's Newsagents Beleek. (0910GM01)
Stasia McCollam, pictured with Bishop Edward Daly, at his book signing in Gallagher's Newsagents Beleek. (0910GM01)

Retired Bishop of Derry, Dr. Edward Daly, was recovering in hospital in Belfast last night following surgery.

Derry diocesan spokesman Father Michael Canny confirmed that Dr. Daly was admitted to hospital for a planned procedure.

He said the 79 year-old bishop would be receiving further treatment in the coming weeks and months.

It was the second time Dr. Daly had been admitted to hospital for a procedure in recent weeks.

Dr. Daly, who is currently chaplain of the Foyle Hospice, has suffered from several bouts of ill health in recent years.

During Mass at the Foyle Hospice oratory on Saturday night he asked the congregation for their prayers in the coming weeks.

Fr. Canny told the ‘Journal’ yesterday: “Dr. Daly has been admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital for a planned procedure which is part of ongoing treatment he is receiving.”

The diocesan spokesman declined to be drawn on the exact details of the Dr. Daly’s condition other than to say the procedure was part of “ongoing treatment”.

Yesterday’s procedure came just weeks after the second instalment of Dr. Daly’s memoirs was published.

The retired Bishop was in his home town of Belleek on Saturday for a book-signing event.

Candid about ill health

In his new book ‘A Troubled See’, Dr. Daly speaks candidly about the ill health that has dogged him over the years.

In 1977, he had a kidney removed after a malignant tumour was discovered. Then in February 1993 he suffered a stroke which eventually forced him to retire as Bishop of Derry.