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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Albert Reynolds: A life remembered

Published 21/08/2014 | 07:49

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Down Royal Races...5 November 2004; Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at Down Royal Racecourse, Co. Antrim. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE...ABC
Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds. Photo: Sportsfile

Born: Roosky, Co Roscommon, November 3, 1932.

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Parents: His father John P Reynolds was a farmer, carpenter, auctioneer, and hackney driver who also ran a dancehall. His mother, Catherine Dillon, from Co Leitrim, lived in USA for a time.  

Educated: Roosky and Cloone National Schools, and Summerhill College in Sligo.

Occupation: Clerk in CIE.  Set up thriving nationwide dancehall and entertainment network.  Branched into other business including pet food, hotels, fish exporting, hire-purchase, property  and newspaper publishing.  Many enterprises were successful and he became very wealthy.

Family: Married to Kathleen Coen in June 1962. They had five daughters, Miriam, Leonie, Cathy, Emer and Andrea; and two sons, Philip and Albert Junior.

Politics: Elected a Fianna Fail member of Longford County Council in 1974. Elected TD for Longford in 1977 and at every subsequent election until retirement in 2002.

Government: Minister for Post & Telegraphs and Transport & Power 1979-81.  Minister for Industry & Commerce 1987-90 and Minister for Finance 1988-1991.

Taoiseach: February 11, 1992, to December 15, 1994.  

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