Reynolds honoured for peace work

Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds today received an award in New York for his work on the Northern Ireland peace process.

The Flax Trust honoured Mr Reynolds for his leadership, integrity, statesmanship and commitment during his time as Irish leader from 1992 to 1994.

"As Taoiseach, I decided that in order to achieve sustained peace and political progress, it was essential to engage with all sides," said Mr Reynolds.

"Thankfully, after a long and difficult period, future generations of Irish will enjoy the fruits of our labour."

Mr Reynolds co-signed the Downing Street Declaration - seen as the forerunner of the Good Friday Agreement - with British prime minister John Major in December 1993.

Flax Trust director Mary Turley presented Mr Reynolds with a Bog Oak award, which features a silver Flax flower representing the charity's emblem.

The award presentation took place at the 18th Annual New York Flax Trust Ball, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The Flax Trust is one of the largest and longest-established trusts in Ireland.

Formed in Belfast in 1977, its aim is reconciliation and enrichment through education, training, social development and respect for cultural difference.

The charity recognises noted individuals who have sought to unite the people of Ireland.


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