Former British Prime Minister, Sir John Major to speak at inaugural Albert Reynolds Memorial Lecture in Longford today

Downing Street Declaration marked a new beginning in Anglo/Irish relations

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Former British Prime Minister, Sir John Major to speak at inaugural Albert Reynolds Memorial Lecture in Longford today

Sir John Major, former British Prime Minister, and former Taoiseach, the late Albert Reynolds, at the signing of the Downing Street Declaration on December 15, 1993.

The inaugural Albert Reynolds Memorial Lecture will be delivered by former British Prime Minister, Sir John Major, today Monday, December 10 at 4pm in Backstage Theatre, Longford.

Sinead Hussey, multimedia journalist from RTE, will be MC for the event.

Longford County Council, in consultation with the Reynolds family, agreed that a fitting way of remembering Albert's legacy would be by way of an Annual Memorial Lecture on the broad themes of peace, reconciliation and citizenship.

It is appropriate that the lecture is taking place on December 10, in the week of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Downing Street Declaration.

At a commemorative event in Iveagh House five years ago, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Downing Street Declaration, Sir John Major said he and Albert Reynolds risked their careers in 1993.

Signed on December 15, 1993, by Mr Reynolds and then British Prime Minister John Major, the Downing Street Declaration marked a new beginning in Anglo/Irish relations and it paved the way for the August 1994 IRA ceasefire and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The lecture will be broadcast live on RTE News Now Digital Channel and on the RTE Player.