The parish priest of Cahirciveen, Canon William Crean, has been appointed Bishop of Cloyne by Pope Benedict today.

The Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, has welcomed the news of the appointment.

Cardinal Brady said he believes the appointment of Canon Crean, bodes well not only for the parish of Cloyne but for the parishes and dioceses of Ireland.

Cardinal Brady was speaking from Rome ahead of the start of today's consistory which will see the creation of seven new cardinals in Saint Peter's Basilica by Pope Benedict.

The newly-appointed Bishop has said he is committed to bringing healing to victims of abuse in the diocese and to their families.

He will be ordained in the new year.

Canon William Crean was born in Tralee on 16 December 1951.

After studying in St Patrick's College, Maynooth and before studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he was ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Kerry.

Canon Crean served as parish priest in Castlegregory/Cloghane from 1999 until 2006 and in Cahirciveen since 2006.