Former British premier John Major
Former British Prime Minister John Major will be the keynote speaker at a special event in Longford next month to mark the role played by former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.
Mr Major will travel to the county to deliver a lecture on his former Irish counterpart's role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland at a function at Longford's Backstage Theatre on December 10 next.
Longford County Council Chief Executive Paddy Mahon announced the news at this evening's monthly meeting of Longford County Council.
In doing so, he said the event was also timely as it would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Downing Street Declaration, an accord both Mr Major and Mr Reynolds helped broker.
News of Mr Major's impending visit was greeted with universal praise by elected members.
Fianna Fail's Martin Mulleady led much of that optimism as he lauded the role played by former Cathaoirleach Cllr Mick Cahill in helping engineer the event.
"To get such an iconic figure and peace maker to Longford is absolutely massive for the county," he said.
Cllrs Seamus Butler and Joe Flaherty also spoke in glowing terms of the announcement by also singling out the role played by local TD Robert Troy in the process.