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Sunday 23 July 2017

FitzGerald remains gravely ill in hospital

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

FORMER Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald remained gravely ill in hospital last night as good wishes continued to pour in from his political colleagues.

He was placed on a ventilator after being taken to the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin several days ago to be treated for an illness. Friends and family visited him yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Dr FitzGerald (85) said he was currently "stable". The Mater Private Hospital made no comment on his condition.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore became the latest figure yesterday to extend his well wishes to Dr FitzGerald. He said Dr FitzGerald had given outstanding service to the country.

"He is someone I know very well and regard as a friend. I wish him well and wish his family well," he said.

Dr FitzGerald has already received well wishes from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Taoiseach John Bruton.

Fine Gael Clare TD Pat Breen said that Dr FitzGerald was one of the main reasons he had got involved in politics.

"For a lot of people, he's an iconic figure in Fine Gael," he commented.

Irish Independent

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