U2 FRONTMAN Bono has paid his own inimitable tribute to former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, with whom he struck up a friendship in the early days of U2.
The Dubliner, who is in the US preparing for the next leg of the band's latest tour, said he felt pride when Dr FitzGerald led the country.
Bono said that he was a gentleman who followed the rules, while others did not.
"He rebranded Ireland with his grace and intellect. I remember feeling very proud that he was our leader," he said.
Bono met Dr FitzGerald 30 years ago when they shared a flight from London to Dublin, and stayed in touch over the following years.
The singer, who backed Dr FitzGerald's liberal agenda, also invited the politician to a photo session in the early 1980s, and the future Taoiseach sat at the mixing desk of a 24-track modern recording studio.
The star added: "(Dr FitzGerald was) a class act, cut crystal, diamond mine of information, statistics, the detail of people's lives, that he so cared about."