Belfast Telegraph

Public pay their tributes to the peacemaker priest of Clonard

A book of condolence has been opened for peacemaker priest Father Gerry Reynolds at his former home, Clonard Monastery.

The Redemptorist priest, who worked for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, died at the age of 80 on Monday following a short illness.

Originally from Co Limerick, Fr Reynolds worked at Clonard for more than 30 years, arriving when the Troubles were still raging.

The monastery was the focus of secret negotiations between Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and SDLP leader John Hume that provided an impetus for the start of the peace process in the early 1990s.

Tributes have been paid to the priest from across the political spectrum. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described him as a "gentle peacemaker" while UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said he had been "instrumental in the quiet diplomacy that was one of the foundation stones that led to the Belfast Agreement in 1998".

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