FORMER Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's condition improved substantially yesterday in his battle against illness in hospital.
Much to the relief of family and friends, Dr FitzGerald is understood to be responding well to treatment. The former Fine Gael leader was sitting up and is doing well, a family source said. He was taken off the ventilator yesterday and was breathing on his own.
Dr FitzGerald (85) was taken to the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin early last week.
"He is improved. He's sitting up now. He's breathing on his own. The consultant is flabbergasted. The family are more hopeful now than last week," a source said.
Dr FitzGerald's family remains at his bedside as he battles a respiratory illness.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among the senior political figures to pass on good wishes to his former leader and his family during his illness.