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Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds dies

File photo dated 06/11/07 of former First Minister Ian Paisley with former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died, according to state broadcaster RTE

File photo dated 06/11/07 of former First Minister Ian Paisley with former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died, according to state broadcaster RTE

Former Irish taoiseach Albert Reynolds has died, state broadcaster RTE has reported.

The 81-year-old became the eighth prime minister of the country in 1992, serving for just under three years.

His family said last year that he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

It is understood Mr Reynolds’s eldest son Philip confirmed this morning that he passed away overnight.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams expressed his condolences to the Reynolds family.

“I’m really sorry to hear of the death of Albert Reynolds,” he said.

“Albert acted on the North (of Ireland) when it mattered.

“My thoughts are with (his wife) Kathleen and all the Reynolds family.

“May he rest in peace.”

 

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