Influential figure in Peace Process died.


A Co Tipperary Priest who was an influential figure in the Northern Ireland Peace Process has died.

Originally from Nenagh, Fr Alec Reid died in St Vincents Hospital Dublin.

Born in 1931 Fr Reid was mainly based at Clonard Monastry in North Belfast.

He facilitated talks between Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams and SDLP leader John Hume as part of efforts to end the troubles.

He went on to be one of those to witness IRA arms being put beyond use when the organisation finally decommissioned its weapons.

He is also well remembered as being the Priest who gave the last rites to two British Army corporals who were killed after driving into a republican funeral.

His funeral is expected to take place in Belfast on Wednesday.