Albert Reynolds: A life remembered
Published 21/08/2014 | 07:49
Born: Roosky, Co Roscommon, November 3, 1932.
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.