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DUBLIN – 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.