Varadkar mistaken on Fine Gael's origin
Sir - In the course of his election speech as the new leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar said he was proud to be elected as leader of the party of Collins, Griffith and Cosgrave.
A basic history lesson would have revealed that Arthur Griffith died on August 12, 1922, and Michael Collins was killed at Beal Na Blath 10 days later, on August 22, 1922. The Fine Gael Party was formed on September 8, 1933, 11 years after the death of Collins and Griffith.
The Fine Gael party that was formed in 1933 was effectively a merger of existing parties, including Cumann na nGaedheal, the National Guard and the National Centre Party.