Jean Kennedy dies at 92; Sister of famed clan helped forge peace in Northern Ireland

By Robert D. McFadden

Jean Kennedy Smith, a sister of the Kennedy clan who as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s helped pave the way for a formal agreement to end decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, died Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by her daughter Kym. Smith was the youngest and last-surviving sibling in a family that embedded itself in the American consciousness and wrote itself into American history, producing a president and senators and an unrivaled mystique fashioned out of political glory, personal charisma, great wealth and staggering tragedy.

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