The Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson has added her voice to the many tributes being paid today by politicians and diplomats across the world, on the death of former Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
Best remembered for brokering the Downing Street Agreement in 1993 Reynolds will be remembered as a peacemaker and a great business mind, whose career with Fianna Fail spanned five decades.
Speaking after hearing the news Councillor Stevenson said: “Today’s news that former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has passed away will be greeted with widespread sadness both in political circles and throughout the country.
“Albert’s achievements in terms of paving a pathway for peace in N. Ireland were remarkable and will long be remembered in history. I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Kathleen and his family.”
Albert Reynolds was elected to the Irish parliament in 1977 and went on to become Taoiseach in February 1992 in a coalition government. Despite his widely recognised contribution to the peace process in the North, a series of political issues closer to home brought his leadership to an early conclusion in 1994. He passed away last night aged 81, after a prolonged illness.