Nobel Laureate John Hume, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Derry’s MP Mark Durkan were today among hundreds of mourners to pay their respects at the funeral of the late Fr. Alec Reid.
Mr Durkan described the late Fr. Reid as “a hardy, resilient spiritual man, who spent himself well in helping us all get to the better ways and better days that everyone in Ireland deserves”.
He said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Father Alec Reid whose pastoral commitment helped to lay the path to peace.
“In exercising his pastoral vocation, not compromising it, Fr. Reid was grappling with acutely political issues and interests – not just in the nationalist or republican community.
“His dedication to encouraging, enabling and ensuring that peace and justice could prevail was an extension of the witness he felt called to give.
“This resilient spiritual man spent himself well in helping us all get to the better ways and better days that everyone in Ireland deserves.”
Fr Reid died last Friday aged 82.