Maurice Hayes: Patriot who never gave up on dream of a better Ireland
From Sunningdale in 1973, Garret set about paving the way for the current peace process, writes Maurice Hayes
GARRET FitzGerald, whose death the nation mourns as we celebrate his life and achievements, was the living refutation of Dr Johnson's bitter characterisation of patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Garret survived a long and active career in the service of the nation with integrity unquestioned, his values unimpaired and enthusiasm unquenched.
He was also, unquestionably, an Irish patriot: he loved his country, he loved the people, and he had an unquenchable optimism that they could live up to his expectations for them.