Albert's motto: 'confound the doubters, make it happen'
Albert Reynolds was a compassionate man with a real sense of fairness, writes former Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Since former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning, the many tributes paid to him have been generous and justified. The first thoughts of all who knew Albert are with his wife Kathleen and his family at this sad time. His was a life well lived. He was a man of many parts.
When I think of Albert, I remember fondly his warm and engaging personality, his boundless energy and his huge enthusiasm for life, which was an infectious part of his character. It is clear that Albert Reynolds had decided from an early age to make a name for himself, firstly in business and later in politics.
Albert was blessed with a great sense of self-belief that helped him overcome adversities and forge a prosperous and happy life for himself and his family. His make-up was such that when he committed himself to a course of action, he would pursue it to the end without fear or favour.