Thomas Molloy: Dazzling economist whose legacy still shaping the State
Published 20/05/2011 | 05:00
GARRET FitzGerald is often regarded as the only economist to run the country. The truth is that he was a self-taught economic expert who forced himself to understand the national accounts while remaining true to his first loves, which were foreign affairs and social progress.
FitzGerald wrote about economic matters as a journalist before and after his political career and also lectured briefly in UCD, but the French and history student's upbringing, training and interests were dominated by foreign affairs -- the portfolio that his father also held.
While his diplomatic success secured him international acclaim during his lifetime and a place in the history books, it rarely cut much ice with voters, who tended to be concerned with bread-and-butter issues such as the economy. So how did he perform in his adopted field?