Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD, has paid tribute to the late Fr Alec Reid who passed away in Dublin early this morning.

Deputy Martin commented: “It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Fr Alec Reid this morning.

“Fr Reid played a pivotal role in bringing about peace in Northern Ireland. I was always struck by his humility and compassion for people on all sides of the Troubles.

“He had a remarkable capacity to put everyone he met at ease and his diplomacy, patience and influence led to the initiation of peace talks in the eighties which eventually lead to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

“Fr Reid was a visionary and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for the lasting peace that he helped bring about.

“No doubt his strong faith, tolerance and patience helped Fr Reid deal with some of the worst atrocities he witnessed during the troubles. I wish to extend my sympathies and those of the Fianna Fáil party to Fr Reid’s family and friends.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”