It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Albert Reynolds, former Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland. At an early but critical stage of the Northern Ireland peace process, Mr. Reynolds used his integrity, perseverance, and resilience to bring about the 1993 Downing Street Declaration with former British Prime Minister John Major. He also helped broker the 1994 Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire. Without these significant milestones, subsequent agreements – and the remarkable gains of the peace process – would not have been possible.
Today we see a different Northern Ireland, thanks in no small part to Mr. Reynolds’ work and the partnerships he forged across barriers. The United States reaffirms its steadfast commitment to helping create a lasting peace and urges the leaders of Northern Ireland to redouble their efforts to finish the job Mr. Reynolds began: to make manifest a peaceful, prosperous, and shared community in Northern Ireland.
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the Taoiseach’s family, friends, and colleagues.