“A true peacemaker” is how the late Albert Reynolds, former Taoiseach, has been described by Cavan-Monaghan Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. Expressing sympathy with the family and friends of the late Mr Reynolds, Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“Without question Albert Reynolds was one of the architects of the Irish Peace Process. He had a clear objective to bring about an end to conflict and to commence a political process leading to lasting peace in Ireland. He pursued that objective with single-mindedness and with an inclusive approach that was then all too rare in Irish politics. He was a true peacemaker.
“In the early days of the Peace Process I met with Taoiseach Albert Reynolds on a number of occasions. I found him deeply engaged and committed to the Peace Process, as well as friendly and courteous at all times.
“Albert Reynolds, John Hume and Gerry Adams came under fierce political attack from predictable sources at that time, including significant sections of the media. It was to the credit of Mr Reynolds that he allowed none of this to distract him from our shared task of pushing towards inclusive negotiations for a new political dispensation on our island.
“To his wife Kathleen and family I extend deepest sympathy. Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam.”