Saturday 24 February 2018

David McKittrick: There's a no man's land where few go – Fr Alec was one of them

Fr ALEC Reid was in a way a type of diplomat, in that he gave himself the task of forging relationships between different factions in Ireland and Britain.

But his was no ordinary diplomacy in that the elements he concerned himself with encompassed two democratic governments, various constitutional parties and armed groupings actively involved in bombings and shootings.

He started primarily by attempting to put Sinn Fein and the IRA in touch with London and Dublin. But most in government regarded his initiatives as too risky: Charles Haughey, for example, met the priest and listened to him, but concluded he should not get involved.

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