Tributes have been paid to the former auxiliary bishop of Armagh, Gerard Clifford, who has died at the age of 75.

Born in Bellurgan in Co Louth, Bishop Clifford was ordained to the priesthood in 1967 before serving as director of religious affairs in the Archdiocese of Armagh from 1969 to 1979.

He also served as an ecumenical and reconciliation officer with the archdiocese.

In 1991 he was appointed as Titular Bishop of Geron, a post he held until 2013 when he stepped down due to ill health.

The former executive secretary of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference also worked on pastoral care in cases of "crisis pregnancy".

He was president of the church's pro-life crisis pregnancy counselling service Cura from 2010 until his retirement.

Archbishop Eamon Martin lead the tributes to Bishop Clifford, who he called "a holy and humble man who instinctively placed the concerns of others first."