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Lying in repose of Albert Reynolds at Dublin's Mansion House today

A book of condolences will also be opened at the Oak Room. A State Funeral is being arranged for Monday.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THERE WILL BE lying in repose of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at Dublin’s Mansion House today, ahead of a State Funeral on Monday.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke confirmed yesterday that the large Oak Room would be used for this afternoon’s ceremony — which takes place between 1pm and 6pm, allowing members of the public to file past the coffin and pay their respects.

A book of condolences will also be open during that time. Anyone wishing to pay their own tribute to the former Fianna Fáil leader, who died in the early hours of Thursday morning, can also do so via an online book of condolences at the party’s website.

His body will be removed to the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, at 7.30pm tonight. Funeral mass will take place at the church at 12 noon on Monday, with the burial in Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankhill in Dublin afterwards.

Father Brian D’Arcy will be the chief celebrant at the mass, which is expected to be attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, President Michael D. Higgins and various other cabinet members and dignitaries.

There will be full TV coverage of Monday’s service on RTÉ 1 from 11.30am. David McCullough will present a news special, with commentary from John Bowman and Mary Kennedy.

Albert Reynolds was born in Roscommon, educated in Sligo, and lived in recent years in Ballsbridge in Dublin.

He entered politics at the relatively late age of 44, and led the country as Taoiseach in two separate terms between 1992 and 94 — first with the PDs and then with Labour.

Figures from across the political divide have been paying tribute to his achievements in the wake of his death, aged 81— in particular his contribution to the peace process.

Read: A risk taker, a dealer and a peacemaker: Remembering Albert Reynolds (1932 – 2014) 

Albert Reynolds: A political life in pictures >

Column: Let’s consider Albert Reynolds’ legacy on the anniversary of his election >

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