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Albert Reynolds: He had an unwavering commitment to peace – John Hume

Albert Reynolds (centre) in his historic meeting with Gerry Adams and John  Hume in Dublin in September 1994

Albert Reynolds (centre) in his historic meeting with Gerry Adams and John Hume in Dublin in September 1994

Former Irish premier Albert Reynolds has been widely praised for his role in helping to secure a peace settlement on the island of Ireland.

Here is what some key figures have said about him after learning of his death.

• “He had an unwavering commitment to peace on the island and his relationship with (former British prime minister) John Major was instrumental in securing the Downing Street Declaration in 1993. He demonstrated integrity, determination and great courage in his pursuit of peace at a time when it was so necessary” – John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize-winning former leader of the SDLP.

• “I think Albert Reynolds showed tremendous courage. Albert was a peacemaker. He was someone who understood the north and the nationalist republican community but, just as importantly, he understood the loyalist unionist community and had contacts in both...” – Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

• “To an extent Albert Reynolds and John Major are the forgotten men of the peace process. Certainly, in replacing Charles J Haughey as Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds brought a new dynamic to Anglo-Irish relations, and made things possible, including the 1993 Downing Street Declaration” – Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt.

• “History will record the important role Albert Reynolds played, along with John Major, in the early days of the peace process ... He took on his role of peacemaker with dignity” – Alliance leader David Ford.

 

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