FitzGerald was the best Taoiseach that we ever had
Garret, even more than Sean Lemass, was the architect of modern Ireland, writes John Crown
Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."
-- WB Yeats
IF EVER a life gave the lie to Yeats's pessimistic interpretation of both human nature and civic engagement, it was that of Garret FitzGerald. He was, I believe, the best Taoiseach we ever had and was, moreover, driven by firm convictions, which he pursued with his own gentle brand of passionate intensity.