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Statement by the Tánaiste on the death of Father Alec Reid

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., made the following statement, in relation to the death of Father Alec Reid:

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Father Alec Reid this morning. Father Reid made an essential contribution to the peace process during its most challenging and crucial periods. He played a critical but also an unseen role at its very origins.

He had a key role in facilitating talks between Gerry Adams and John Hume and, along with Reverend Harold Good, he played a vital part in the decommissioning process.

The contribution Father Reid made to promoting peace and reconciliation was immensely important. He conducted himself with integrity and compassion even in the most difficult of circumstances.  His deep respect for human dignity was evident at all times.

We are the poorer for his passing today but Ireland is very much the richer for his labours.”