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dFAREWELL Albert Reynolds. The dearly departed ex-Taoiseach was buried this week, amid many tributes. For me his principal achievement was helping bring about the IRA ceasefire in 1994. Albert played a courageous and integral part in bringing this about, laying the foundations for the Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement. That's a wonderful legacy.

jI'm no fan of Simon Cowell and so I wasn't surprised to read his insensitive comments this week on his infamous falling out with Cheryl Cole during the US X Factor. He told how her hair and outfit were "crazy" and said she'd put on weight. What a gentleman! To top it all shortly afterwards Cheryl was fired from the show. I know whose side I'm on.