Longford All Time Greats: Profile #16 Albert Reynolds

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Longford All Time Greats: Profile #16 Albert Reynolds

Longford All Time Greats: Profile #16 Albert Reynolds

Businessman extraordinaire, statesman, peacemaker-just some of the umpteen accolades and depictions which have been used to describe the late former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

The Rooskey born politician played a key role in advancing the Northern Ireland peace process, typified most memorably by the 1994 IRA ceasefire.

First elected as a TD for Longford when he was 45 in 1977, the Fianna Fáil stalwart led the party in two coalition governments.

He was also a very successful businessman with an empire that included dance halls to the pet food industry.

Living in Longford for most of his life, he was considered a deal maker and is credited with securing billions of funding from the EU. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 81.