Friday 21 July 2017

Fionnan Sheahan: He proved not all political careers must end in failure

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

GARRET FitzGerald's enduring legacy ensures he defies the thesis that all political careers end in failure.

Fine Gael will rightly hail the former Taoiseach as an inspirational leader who influenced an entire generation of the party and left an indelible mark.

But the party's relationship with its former leader has not always been harmonious and views on his impact were often mixed -- although the balance of opinion was positive. Always ahead of the prevailing thinking, he wasn't always valued within Fine Gael.

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