Longford Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy has added his voice to the tributes being paid to former Fianna Fáil Leader and Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
Deputy Troy commented, “Like all my colleagues, it was with great sadness this morning that I learned of the death of Albert Reynolds. Irish and international political leaders have talked with eloquence about his enduring legacy of peace and a transformed relationship with Britain. My memories of Albert are more personal.
“One of my most vivid memories and one of the events that first sparked my interest in politics was when, as a young boy, I travelled with my family to see Albert’s return to the constituency after being elected Taoiseach in 1992. The pride and joy at his success, across all political backgrounds, was a mark of the esteem in which he was held and stands out in my memory as testament to what strong and honest political leadership can achieve.
“My family campaigned for Albert over many years and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to do so. it was a great honour when his son Phillip nominated me to contest the last general election to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Albert was a proud and tireless advocate for Ireland’s Midlands and his many successes in public office will remain as a source of great pride in the region long after he is gone. On behalf of my own family and local Fianna Fáil organisation, I offer my deepest condolences to Albert’s wife Kathleen and his entire family.”