Maurice Hayes: Patriot who never gave up on dream of a better Ireland
From Sunningdale in 1973, Garret set about paving the way for the current peace process, writes Maurice Hayes
Published 20/05/2011 | 05:00
GARRET FitzGerald, whose death the nation mourns as we celebrate his life and achievements, was the living refutation of Dr Johnson's bitter characterisation of patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Garret survived a long and active career in the service of the nation with integrity unquestioned, his values unimpaired and enthusiasm unquenched.
He was also, unquestionably, an Irish patriot: he loved his country, he loved the people, and he had an unquenchable optimism that they could live up to his expectations for them.