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Albert Reynolds

Fianna Fáil Politician + Taoiseach 1992–1994

Albert Reynolds, served as Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, serving two short terms, in office, in 1992 as head of a Fianna Fáil/Progressive Government coalition, and from January 1993 until 1994 at the head of a Fianna Fáil/Labour coalition. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the fifth leader of Fianna Fáil during the same period.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Albert Reynolds.


1932 Birth Albert Reynolds was born in the remote Kilglass, near Roosky, on the Roscommon-Sligo border on 3 November 1932. … Read More


1970 38 Years Old Reynolds became interested in politics at the time of the Arms Crisis in 1970, a controversial episode in which two Cabinet ministers, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (Ireland) Neil Blaney and Minister for Finance Charles Haughey, were sacked from the government over an attempt to send arms to Northern Ireland, where thousands of Catholic families had been driven from their homes, of whom 1,000 had fled across the border to the Republic of Ireland. … Read More


1977 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Reynolds was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for Longford–Westmeath in 1977, and was re-elected at each election until his retirement in 2002. … Read More
1979 47 Years Old Reynolds remained a backbencher until 1979. … Read More
1980 48 Years Old Reynolds was rewarded for his staunch loyalty by joining the government as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs. He took on the Minister for Transport portfolio in 1980, making his brief one of the largest and most wide-ranging in the government. … Read More


1982 50 Years Old That government fell in late 1982 and Reynolds was back on the opposition benches. … Read More
1987 55 Years Old In 1987 Fianna Fáil returned to government and Reynolds was appointed Minister for Industry and Commerce, one of the most senior positions in the cabinet, especially at a time when the government's top priority was economic recovery.
1988 56 Years Old In 1988 Minister for Finance Ray MacSharry became Ireland's European Commissioner, and Reynolds succeeded MacSharry in the most powerful department in government. … Read More
1991 59 Years Old …  The ministers who had been sacked along with Reynolds at the end of 1991 were all reinstated. … Read More


1993 61 Years Old One of Reynolds's main achievements during his term as Taoiseach was in the peace process in the long-running conflict in Northern Ireland. Piecemeal negotiations had gone on during 1993 between Reynolds and British Prime Minister John Major resulting in the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1993. … Read More
Reynolds remained involved in discussion with Northern nationalist parties, and along with John Hume and Gerry Adams, persuaded the IRA to call a complete ceasefire on 31 August 1994. … Read More
1997 - 1999 3 More Events
2001 69 Years Old These talks started in early 2001 but were interrupted by the September 11 attacks, after which Musharraf could not get in contact with the White House. … Read More
2007 75 Years Old In November 2007 it was alleged at the Mahon Tribunal that Reynolds, while on government business in New York, collected a substantial sum of money for his Fianna Fáil party that did not get fully credited to the party. … Read More
2008 76 Years Old In July 2008 it was reported that Reynolds was medically unfit to give evidence at the Mahon Tribunal because of "significant cognitive impairment". … Read More
2013 81 Years Old In December 2013 it was revealed by his son that Reynolds was in the last stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Reynolds died on 21 August 2014. … Read More
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