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Garret was an outstanding 'giant' of Irish life

Published 20/05/2011 | 05:00

Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald keeps an eye on the Dublin North Central constituency at the 2011 count centre in the RDS
Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald keeps an eye on the Dublin North Central constituency at the 2011 count centre in the RDS

Garret FitzGerald was a giant in many spheres of Irish public life. Throughout his whole life he contributed in an outstanding way to Irish society, Irish politics and the Irish people.

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The country is the poorer for his loss. We, in the National University of Ireland, the university to which he was so devoted and for which he provided such inspirational leadership, grieve his loss particularly. We send our deepest sympathies to the FitzGerald family.

Dr Maurice Manning
chancellor of the national University of ireland
For many years I followed and supported Garret Fitzgerald's numerous achievements in his political role.
Unfortunately for me, I only ever caught a fleeting glimpse of him on Dublin's Dawson Street but I was, and ever will be, a fan of his approach , integrity and resolve.
In my humble opinion he was without a doubt the greatest statesman of the modern era in Ireland.

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