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Pictures: Funeral Mass for Fr Alec Reid held in Belfast

Former President Mary McAleese was one of those who spoke at Fr. Reid’s funeral this afternoon.

HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS joined politicians from across the island of Ireland at the funeral of Fr. Alec Reid in Belfast this afternoon.

Originally from Tipperary Fr. Reid, who died last week in Dublin, is seen as one of the pivotal figures in the Northern Ireland peace process having acted as an intermediary for paramilitaries and in facilitating talks between Gerry Adams and John Hume.

The Funeral Mass  for the Redemptorist priest was held at at Clonard church in west Belfast where he served for forty years. It followed an Ecumenical Service of Gratitude for his work last night.

Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese was one of those who spoke at the funeral and said that his great strength was that, “he saw ways to soften hearts, he saw ways to persuade the estranged to talk to one another and to take a chance on one another to find common ground”.

Pictures: Funeral Mass for Fr Alec Reid held in Belfast
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    The remains of Fr Alec Reid are carried from Clonard Monastery in West BelfastSource: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Brendan 'Bik' McFarlane, Alex Maskey and Gerry Adams follow Fr Alec Reid's hearseSource: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Former leader of the SDLP John Hume arrives at Clonard Monastery.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    Priests and Altar boys and girls watch the coffin of Fr Alec Reid being driven from Clonard Monastery.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Former Preisdent Mary McAleese pictured at Clonard Monastery.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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