Friday 22 September 2017

My mentor, ally, friend and a political father for 19 years

Garret was full of enthusiasm and energy to the end, writes Education Minister Ruairi Quinn

MY first memory of meeting Garret was sitting on the floor of the living room of his house on Eglinton Road, Donnybrook, in 1968.

I was surrounded by other UCD radical students who had crowded into his hospitable home to plan how we would take forward our demands for the reform of UCD.

It was noisy, boisterous, serious and full of youthful energy. After I had made a forceful intervention, a loud question was asked by his wife, Joan, enquiring who I was!

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