Former Ireland prime minister Reynolds dies aged 81
DUBLIN - Agence France-Presse
A file picture taken on March 17, 1998 shows former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds (C) raising his hat to the crowd as he parades during the St Patrick's day parade in New York. AFP PhotoFormer Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81, Irish broadcaster RTE reported on Aug. 21.
Reynolds served as taoiseach twice, once in 1992 and then again in 1993-94, but had recently been suffering from the last stages of Alzheimer's disease, his son Philip revealed earlier this week.
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams paid tribute on Twitter, sending a message of support to Reynolds' family.
"Albert acted on North when it mattered. RIP," he said.
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, also a member of Sinn Fein, also lauded Reynolds' role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.
"Very sad to hear that former taoiseach Albert Reynolds has died," he tweeted. "Deep sympathy to Kathleen and family. Albert was a peacemaker. #Appreciation."