‘He laid the foundation for what came to fruition last night’
Published 19/05/2011 | 12:39
Dr Garret FitzGerald was caricatured as something between a whiz kid and an absent-minded professor.
His enduring legacy will be his contribution to peace in Northern Ireland following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA) with Britain in 1985, formalising co-operation on matters north of the border.
The Fine Gael statesman's death came at a defining moment for relations between the islands, with the Queen's state visit to Ireland the culmination of 25 years of work to end the conflict since the AIA.