John Hume pays tribute to the legacy of Fr Alec Reid

22 11 2013

Fr Alec Reid

Nobel Laureate and former SDLP leader John Hume has paid tribute to Father Alec Reid who passed away this morning

Mr Hume Said:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of my friend Father Alec Reid.

“Fr Reid was a pillar of the Peace Process. Without his courage, determination and utter selflessness, the road to peace in our region would have been much longer and much more difficult to traverse. A man of faith and deep conviction, his commitment to our people was a key part of the foundation on which our early, fragile peace was built.

“Fr Alec was not simply a ‘go between’ in the early days of negotiating for peace. He was an active player in fighting for an end to violence. Few will forget the image of Fr Reid lying between Corporals  David Howes and Derek Wood in an attempt to save their lives in March 1988. His dedication was to all people, regardless of their background.

“While we mourn the loss of a great man, we must also celebrate the legacy of peace and an opportunity to reconcile our people that he gave to us. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to waste.

“I wish to send my deepest condolences to his family, friends, his fellow priests and Brothers of the Redemptorist Order and all those whose lives he touched.”

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