Albert Reynolds death: Former Irish Prime Minister dies after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease
The Fianna Fáil politician served in office for just under three years, but in that time played a key role in advancing the Northern Irish peace process
Albert Reynolds, the former Irish Prime Minister, has died.
The 81-year-old politician became the eighth prime minister in 1992.
He served in office for just under three years, but in that time played a key role in advancing the peace process in Northern Ireland.
His role in brokering the 1994 IRA ceasefire was instrumental.
The Fianna Fáil politician from Rooskey in County Roscommon led the party in two coalition governments before his term ended in December 1994.
"Without a doubt his greatest achievement was in Northern Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations, signing the Downing Street Declaration in 1993," a biography about Reynolds on the Fianna Fáil website reads.
"It was Reynolds' determination that gave impetus to the peace process and the establishment of an IRA ceasefire in 1994, followed shortly afterwards by a loyalist ceasefire.
"Albert Reynolds asked the defining question 'who is afraid of peace?'
"His determination brought about what had seemed impossible."
His death was confirmed by his family via state broadcaster RTE.
Reynolds had been suffering from the effects of Alzheimer's disease.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was among the first to pay tribute, taking to Twitter:
Really sorry 2 hear of the death of Albert Reynolds. Solidarity 2 Kathleen all their family. Albert acted on North when it mattered. RIP.Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) August 21, 2014
Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister and also of Sinn Féin, similarly tweeted:
Very sad to hear that former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has died. Deep sympathy to Kathleen family.Albert was a Peacemaker. #AppreciationMartin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) August 21, 2014
He is survived by his wife Kathleen and their seven children.
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