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Miriam Donohoe: Dementia knows no mercy -- not even for charming Albert

It was with great sadness yesterday that we learned former Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader, Albert Reynolds, was in the very late stages of the cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer's.

Published 17/12/2013 | 17:00

Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in 1992.
Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in 1992.

Alzheimer's affects about 40,000 in Ireland

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It was with great sadness yesterday that we learned former Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader, Albert Reynolds, was in the very late stages of the cruellest of diseases, Alzheimer's.

Of all of the modern-day illnesses Alzheimer's is one of the most unforgiving, slowly robbing the sufferer of his or her mind and leaving them a shell -- with devastated family and loved ones helpless to intervene.

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