FORMER Taoiseach Albert Reynolds is expected to return home after being treated in intensive care at the Mater Hospital.
The 80-year-old former Taoiseach of two Fianna Fail-led coalitions suffers from Alzheimer's and diabetes, and was being treated for an infection at the Dublin hospital.
Although his condition is described as serious, he was taken out of the intensive care unit of the hospital on Saturday after being admitted there as a precaution three weeks ago.
A source close to Mr Reynolds said that while he remained in hospital, his family was confident that he would be well enough to return home.
"He's on the mend and they're hopeful he'll recover and be able to go home," he told the Irish Independent last night.
Mr Reynolds' family, including his wife Kathleen and his seven children, are visiting him daily at the hospital.