DUBLIN – Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.
His eldest son, Philip, said he died early Thursday at his Dublin home.
Reynolds, a renowned deal-maker who made millions running rural dance halls and a pet food company, led two feud-prone coalition governments from 1992 to 1994.
During his short, turbulent tenure Reynolds made peace in neighboring Northern Ireland his top priority. Together with then-British Prime Minister John Major he unveiled a 1993 blueprint for peace, and pressed the outlawed Irish Republican Army to declare a 1994 cease-fire.
Yet within months of that peacemaking triumph, Reynolds' coalition partners ousted him from office over a series of policy clashes.