Funeral mass of Fr Alec Reid to take place today

Funeral mass of Fr Alec Reid to take place today

Funeral Mass will be held today for Fr Alec Reid, the peacemaker priest who carried messages between the IRA and politicians during the Troubles.

Father Reid, 82, died in a Dublin hospital last week.

He tried to save two soldiers shot dead in West Belfast by the IRA in 1988 after they became trapped at a republican funeral and a photo of him praying over the dying troops became world famous.

He relayed messages between Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and the leader of non-violent nationalism, the SDLP’s John Hume, which led to the peace process, paramilitary ceasefires in 1994 and the Good Friday peace agreement four years later.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process have launched a pre-Christmas “surge” in activity with a partially exploded car bomb at a Belfast shopping centre the latest near miss. The police have responded with check points and more frequent patrols.

Requiem Mass for Fr Reid will be held at Clonard in West Belfast.


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