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Parties pay tribute to 'key figure' Fr Alec Reid

NOEL MCADAM

Unionists joined in a special Assembly tribute to the 'peacemaker' priest Fr Alec Reid yesterday as his remains returned to Belfast.

The body of the Redemptorist priest was put on view at Clonard Monastery yesterday evening after a book of condolence was opened at Belfast City Hall.

The DUP's Sammy Douglas said he recognised Fr Reid as a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who had left a powerful legacy.

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said: "He was involved in...encouraging those who could bring a change to this country."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described Fr Reid as "Ireland's greatest peacemaker – someone who recognised the importance of dialogue, discussion and inclusiveness."

NI21's John McCallister said tributes came from all sides.

Fr Reid will be buried on Wednesday.

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