Friday 23 March 2018

FitzGerald was the best Taoiseach that we ever had

Garret, even more than Sean Lemass, was the architect of modern Ireland, writes John Crown

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."

-- WB Yeats

IF EVER a life gave the lie to Yeats's pessimistic interpretation of both human nature and civic engagement, it was that of Garret FitzGerald. He was, I believe, the best Taoiseach we ever had and was, moreover, driven by firm convictions, which he pursued with his own gentle brand of passionate intensity.

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