Fianna Fáil held a memorial mass and wreath laying ceremony today to mark the first anniversary of the death of Albert Reynolds.

The former Taoiseach and Leader of Fianna Fáil, who is interred in Shankill, was commemorated by members of the party at a memorial mass in Kill o the Grange Church and later at a wreath laying ceremony at Shanagnagh Cemetery.

Mr. Reynolds was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for Longford–Westmeath in 1977, and was re-elected at each election until his retirement in 2002. He previously served as Minister for Finance (1988–91), Minister for Industry and Commerce (1987–88), Minister for Industry and Energy (1982), Minister for Transport (1980–81) and Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (1979–81) before becoming elected Leader of Fianna Fáil and Taoiseach in February 1992.

Councillors Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney participated in the ceremony which was also attended by Arthur Griffin, Vice President of Fianna Fáil.

Councillor Kate Feeney read a poem, “In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz” by WB Yeats, while Councillor Cormac Devlin and Margaret Brown, former Longford Person of the Year, laid a commemorative wreath on Mr. Reynolds’ grave.

Commenting on Mr. Reynolds contribution to public life Cllr. Devlin said, “It is appropriate we remember Albert here today on the first anniversary of this death. He made an enormous contribution to this country. He never shied away tough decisions. He championed peace, brokering the first IRA ceasefire in 1994.”

“He is a leader that this country, the Fianna Fáil organisation and most importantly, his family can be immensely proud of. Today, we especially remember his wife, Kathleen and their seven children; Miriam, Philip, Emer, Leonie, Abbie, Cathy and Andrea and their extended family,” said Cllr. Devlin.

Councillor Kate Feeney added: “The public outpouring of respect for Albert’s great achievements following his passing last year was moving and very deserving.  The breakthroughs he achieved for Ireland were never foregone conclusions and took careful and considered work.  Albert was committed to the principles of Irish democracy.  He was a champion of peace who took many risks for the greater good of all citizens on our island.  He was a remarkable public servant to whom we owe a great deal.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

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