Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Real Longford Leader

Longford political legend Albert Reynolds didn't get the nod for the Aras from his party all those years ago - but this week he was awarded Honourary Freedom of the Town of Longford.

The Council said they gave the local lad - who once described the 1997 Fianna Fail/PD coalition as a 'temporary little arrangement' - the honour in recognition for his contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland. And they also wanted to salute his qualities of leadership, integrity, statemanship and commitment in doing so.

Our spies in Longford tell us that the Honourary Freedom of the Town of Longford has a long and distinguished list of recipients, which include former SDLP leader John Hume and former GAA Director General Liam Mulvihill.

A delighted Albert was well pleased with the honour.

"It is with great pleasure that I'm bestowed the Honourary Freedom of the Town of Longford," he declared.

"I think most of us would agree that there was nothing inevitable about peace in Ireland and that we would still be immersed in violence were it not for strong political leadership on all sides."

"For this we can be thankful," he said.

Never a truer word said Albert!

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