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Child of reconciliation who jousted with hard-nosed intellect

The former Taoiseach displayed an iron inflexibility on some matters, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00

The Jewish mystic Walter Benjamin used the term "saturated moment" when referring to discrete events that reveal the essence of a man.

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All who mourn Garret FitzGerald will point to a different moment when explaining the roar and dazzle of an epic career that ushered Ireland into her awkward modernity.

Some will point to that bravura political exposition at Chequers in 1983 that convinced Mrs Thatcher to invite him back after her looming election.

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