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Albert Reynolds, Irish prime minister who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, dies at 81

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FILE - This is a Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1994. file photo of Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, right, as he stands with U.S. Vice President Al Gore at Shannon Airport, Ireland. Authorities Thursday Aug 21, 2014, said that 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 Alzheimerís disease. He was 81. Reynolds, a renowned deal-maker who made millions operating rural dance halls and a pet food company, led two feud-prone coalition governments from 1992 to 1994. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File) (The Associated Press)

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.