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Letters: From dance halls to peace talks, Albert was a true genius

Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30

A full state funeral will be held for former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds
A full state funeral will be held for former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

My earliest recollection of Albert Reynolds goes back to the 'ballroom of romance' days, when the young entrepreneur with the scattered oily hair and twinkle in the eye, ran a chain of dance halls.

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As his career progressed in the entertainment business, manufacturing and, finally, politics, I was in discussion one day with a friend and unthinkingly referred to him as having all the attributes of a "wizard".

How true it proved to be. He was a person of extraordinary powers - a genius, a magician and a conjurer. Mr Reynolds was a new breed of politician, having initially made a fortune in business.

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