In 2014, this Roman Catholic religious leader replaced cardinal Sean Brady as Archbishop of Armagh, Northern Ireland. The leadership shift resulted from the fact that Brady had resigned as Archbishop following allegations that he had covered up episodes of child abuse in Armagh churches.
After earning degrees in theology and mathematics from Maynooth University, he became a teacher and assistant priest in Derry, Northern Ireland.
He chaired the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.
He was born and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland.
He and Justin Welby both became Archbishops in the United Kingdom.