Sunday 17 December 2017

‘He laid the foundation for what came to fruition last night’

Michael McHugh

Dr Garret FitzGerald was caricatured as something between a whiz kid and an absent-minded professor.

His enduring legacy will be his contribution to peace in Northern Ireland following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA) with Britain in 1985, formalising co-operation on matters north of the border.

The Fine Gael statesman's death came at a defining moment for relations between the islands, with the Queen's state visit to Ireland the culmination of 25 years of work to end the conflict since the AIA.

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