Fr Reid worked tirelessly for years to end the Troubles in Northern Ireland, today he died peacefully in hospital. He will be remembered.
Claims a shadowy military force were tasked with shooting IRA Volunteers - armed or not - are worrying, but not in the least surprising.
The PM said such a move would be 'rather dangerous' whilst none of the political parties in Northern Ireland supported the proposal.
Colonel Bob Stewart has said it is "absolutely immoral" to consider that "people who have committed murder" in Northern Ireland should have the threat of prosecution taken away.
The Conservative MP served in Northern Ireland from 1971 and was one of the first responders to the Droppin Well bombing in 1982, which killed 17 people.
The Prime Minister today appeared to rule out support for the idea of an amnesty in Northern Ireland for those who committed offences before the 1998 Good Friday agreement. .
His spokesman told journalists:"The Prime Minister's view is that decisions around prosecutions are for the police and prosecutors, based on the evidence that's there."
John Larkin QC, the chief legal adviser to the Stormont Exectuive, had said he believed there should be an end to prosecutions and other legal action over crimes committed during the thirty-year conflict.
"It strikes me that the time has come to think about putting a line, set at Good Friday 1998, with respect to prosecutions, inquests and other inquiries," he said.
Relatives of victims of the Troubles have expressed outrage at the proposal.
Mickey McKinney, whose brother William was killed by British soldiers on Bloody Sunday, has branded the Attorney General's proposal as "ridiculous".
"I would be very angry, my brother and everybody else who was shot dead on Bloody Sunday was murdered, it was state murder, it would cause outrage," he said.
"What they [the soldiers] did that day, they have to be held accountable for."
The police are currently re-investigating the Bloody Sunday incident of 1972. Relatives of those killed have long campaigned for the soldiers involved to be prosecuted.
The chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) has said that while official policy states that there should be no amnesty, John Larkin's proposal is "worthy of some consideration".
– terry spench, chairman, pfni
We would have some concerns about what the Attorney General has said, but I do think that John Larkin has made a somewhat genuine attempt to move this process forward and it is worthy of some consideration.
But the Police Federation for Northern Ireland policy on these matters is very clear as it currently stands - that there should be no amnesty for either those previously engaged in terrorism or indeed members of the security forces.
Stephen Gault, whose father Samuel was killed in the Troubles, has accused Northern Ireland's Attorney General of trying to "airbrush" murdered people out of history.
"How dare he airbrush the innocent people who were murdered at the hands of terrorists to move things forward," he said.
Mr Gault survived the 1987 IRA Poppy Day bombing in Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh, but his father was among the 11 people killed.
He said he found the proposal to end any future prosecutions relating to that period "totally, totally disgusting".
A Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) Assembly member has said that John Larkin's proposal is effectively a general amnesty, which is not acceptable:
– Alban Maginness
This would amount to a blanket amnesty and the SDLP do not believe that this would be acceptable.
The international view, also held by the United Nations, is that general amnesty is not the correct way of proceeding in a post conflict situation.
The SDLP's primary concern is for victims and survivors of state and paramilitary violence. They are entitled to justice irrespective of the lapse of time.
It is very important to consider such a dramatic policy change from the point of view of those who have suffered.
The leader of Northern Ireland's Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) party has slammed the proposal to end prosecutions relating to the Troubles as tantamount to "advocating immunity for terrorists".
What a kick in the teeth for innocent victims to have the Attorney General, no less, championing the long standing IRA demand that their 'on the runs' and anyone responsible for anything before 1998, should be free from the pursuit of the law. It is amnesty.
Moreover, by this crass proposal the Attorney General validates the terrorist claim that their crimes were different and not really criminal. Mr Larkin is not advocating amnesty for everyone, only for 'trouble-related' crimes; thereby endorsing the terrorist propaganda.
– Jim Allister, TUV leader
Murder is murder, is murder. It has no sell-by date. It didn't have for the Nazis, who have still been pursued. Northern Ireland's criminals must equally never be relieved of the threat of the long arm of the law catching up with them.
John Larkin has insisted that his suggestion of an end to prosecutions does not constitute a formal amnesty and it would aid relatives who wanted to find out the truth:
– john larkin, northern ireland attorney general
Sometimes the fact of an amnesty can be that that which was a crime ceases to be a crime. That wouldn't be the position here, it would simply be that no criminal proceedings would be possible with respect to those offences.
He implied that in the absence of legal proceedings, relatives of the dead would have a better chance of discovering what had happened to their loved ones.
"We can't really be surprised if people don't tell us as long as the theoretical threat of prosecution remains," he said.
Northern Ireland's Attorney General said that the chances of a conviction so many years after the events in question are now extremely low, and that it is time to "take stock".
John Larkin told the BBC:
– john larkin, northern ireland attorney general
More than 15 years have passed since the Belfast Agreement, there have been very few prosecutions, and every competent criminal lawyer will tell you the prospects of conviction diminish, perhaps exponentially, with each passing year, so we are in a position now where I think we have to take stock.
It strikes me that the time has come to think about putting a line, set at Good Friday 1998, with respect to prosecutions, inquests and other inquiries.
Northern Ireland's Attorney General John Larkin has called for an end to prosecutions relating killings that took place during the Troubles in his country.
He said the measure would entail drawing a line under police investigations, inquests and inquiries into any relevant killings that took place before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
He said the proposal was a logical consequence of the Agreement and denied it was a formal amnesty, but conceded that many will interpret it as one.
More than 3,500 people were killed during three decades of conflict in Northern Ireland.