Currently alive, at 85 years of age.
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1932 – Born on November 3rd in Rooskey, County Roscommon, Ireland. The prime minister (taoiseach) of Ireland.
1974 – He was elected to the Longford County Council as a member of Fianna Fáil.
1977 – He entered the Dáil (lower house of Parliament) as a member for Counties Longford and Westmeath.
1979-1981 – He became minister for posts and telegraphs in the Fianna Fáil government of Charles Haughey.
1987-1988 – Reynolds was subsequently minister of industry and commerce and finance minister in Haughey’s third and fourth governments.
1989 – Became the Irish Finance Minister.
1991-1992 – He broke with Haughey in December and succeeded him as leader of Fianna Fáil and as taoiseach in February.
1993 – The Fianna Fáil–Progressive Democrats coalition that Reynolds inherited broke up in November, but, after the general election later that month, he surprised many observers by forming a new coalition government with the Labour Party in January.
1994 – Reynolds played a significant part in bringing about a cease-fire between the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and Unionist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, but he was less effective in maintaining his governing coalition.
– When this government foundered in November, he resigned as taoiseach and as leader of Fianna Fáil, though he remained acting prime minister until a new government was formed the following month.
1998 – Reynolds unsuccessfully sought his party’s nomination as a candidate for the presidency of Ireland, and in March he announced his impending retirement from public life.