Funeral arrangements for former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds announced

Friday 22 August 2014 09.54
Albert Reynolds died in the early hours of this morning following a long illness
Albert Reynolds died in the early hours of this morning following a long illness

Arrangements for the State funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds have been announced.

On Saturday 23 August, Mr Reynolds will lie in repose in the Oak Room, Mansion House, Co Dublin from 1pm to 6pm.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to file past the coffin to pay their respects and sign a book of condolence.

The funeral will take place on Monday 25 August in the Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, Dublin at 12pm. 

There will be limited seating available for the public but the mass will be relayed outside the church.

Funeral mass will be followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill, Co Dublin.

There is an online book of condolence available on Department of Taoiseach website.

Members of the public will also be able to sign a book of condolence at Fianna Fáil's party headquarters at 65-66 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 from 9am tomorrow morning.

The book will remain open until 5pm.

The former Taoiseach, who played an integral part in the Northern Ireland peace process, died in the early hours of this morning after a long illness aged 81.

Born in Rooskey in Co Roscommon, Mr Reynolds became a successful businessman and politician in adult life.

He served as a minister in several government departments and was twice elected Taoiseach.

Mr Reynolds's eldest son Philip confirmed this morning that his father had died peacefully at 2.52am with his wife Kathleen and family by his side.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led tributes to Mr Reynolds saying he brought an energy and drive to the development of business and economic growth during his tenure as Minister for Finance and Minister for Industry.

Mr Kenny and other political leaders have described his contribution to peace as a hallmark of his career.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a tweet this morning that Mr Reynolds' "partnership with Sir John Major led to the crucial Downing St Declaration in 1993".

Mr Reynolds is survived by his wife Kathleen, two sons and five daughters.

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