Mourners pay tribute to Reynolds at removal service

The removal service for the former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has taken place in Dublin.

Hundreds attended the formal reception of his remains at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook - including present and former Taoisigh, Ministers and members of the Dáil.

Defence Forces and Garda motorcade and guard of honour escorted the coffin of Albert Reynolds to the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook.

His tricolour-draped coffin was carried into the church by members of the army - while a guard of honour formed outside.

Hundreds came to pay their respects to a Taoiseach whose short term of office included many achievements - including the Downing Street Declaration.

In his homily, Monsignor Lorcan O’Brien paid tribute to Albert Reynolds for his passion, energy and courage, hailing him as a man of peace.

Among the dignitaries in attendance were Albert Reynolds’ successors John Bruton, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and current Taoiseach Enda Kenny - while members of his Cabinet and several TDs also came to pay tribute.

Preparations are ongoing for the former Taoiseach’s State Funeral, which will take place on Monday.

Albert Reynolds is survived by his wife Kathleen - and his children: Miriam, Philip, Emer, Leonie, Albert, Cathy and Andrea

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