The removal of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has taken place in Dublin this evening.

His remains were taken from the Mansion House where he was reposing in the Oak Room to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook.

Several thousand people filed through the Mansion House to pay their respects prior to his removal.

Mr Reynold's coffin, draped in a tricolour, was carried into the church by a bearer party from the Defence Forces.

The mourners were led by his wife Kathleen, along with his seven children and extended family.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was also in attendance, along with former Taoisigh and Fianna Fáil colleagues.

Monsignor Lorcan O'Brien told mourners in Donnybrook that Mr Reynolds engaged with life with passion, purpose and courage and that his achievements were significant.

The State funeral will take place on Monday. 

The Irish flag has also been lowered to half mast over Government buildings as a mark of respect.