Irish unite for funeral of Albert Reynolds, premier who championed peace in Northern Ireland

Generations of Irish leaders have united at the Dublin funeral of Ireland's peacemaking former prime minister, Albert Reynolds.

The 81-year-old Reynolds died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Monday's requiem Mass brought together many political rivals from past Republic of Ireland governments and the Northern Ireland peace process.

In front of Reynolds' flag-draped coffin, former British Prime Minister John Major chatted with former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness, today the deputy leader of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government. Seated nearby were Irish President Michael Higgins, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Ireland's four surviving ex-prime ministers.

Reynolds worked closely with Major in 1993 to forge the Downing Street Declaration, a peace plan for Northern Ireland that inspired an IRA cease-fire and marathon peace negotiations in the British territory.