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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."

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-- 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.

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