The death has taken place of the Church of Ireland priest Victor Griffin, who served for over a quarter of a century as the elected Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. He was 92.

He was elected Dean of St Patrick's in 1968 and retired in 1991. His tenure spanned most of the years of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

As a priest north and south of the border, he was a radical voice advocating civil rights and pluralism. He opposed the 1983 Pro-Life referendum and called for integrated education.

He has been described by his current successor at the Church's National Cathedral as "a man who spoke out fearlessly on many issues … with the strongest conviction to the Christian Gospel and with the promotion of a more inclusive and pluralist society, both north and south, always in mind".

Dean William Morton also said Dean Griffin "will long be remembered as the most faithful and dedicated priest of the Cathedral … especially for his courageous and enterprising leadership as Dean".

He said Dean Griffin singled out his contributions on issues in his Church, in politics, education, and ethics.

"On behalf of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, I extend deepest sympathy to Dean Griffin's family and wider circle," Dean Morton said in a statement.

The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson also highlighted the late Dean's reputation for courage.

In a statement, Dr Jackson said: "He remained fearless in voicing an open-hearted Anglicanism through the worship and witness of the Church of Ireland for all the people of Ireland.

"Equally at home in both parts of Ireland, his passing will evoke memories of his conviction and commitment to the causes of people, ordinary and extraordinary, in church and state … Our prayers are with his family," he said.

Following his retirement, Dean Griffin moved to Limavady, County Derry/Londonderry.