The myth of Emperor Garret the Good laid bare by Leo
The former Taoiseach has been getting away for years with the nonsense that it was not FitzGerald himself but some impostor who reduced us to ruin in the Eighties, writes Eamonn Sweeney
THE reaction to Leo Varadkar's slighting of Garret FitzGerald in the Dail has been nothing short of remarkable.
Fine Gael's Transport spokesman Fergus O'Dowd described the comments as "insulting" and "disgraceful", and Dublin South East TD Lucinda Creighton suggested that "Leo should make a statement in the Dail. I know he regrets it and he needs to put that on record".
More remarkable still was the sight of newly elevated minister Pat Carey quivering with outrage on Prime Time as he took Varadkar to task for committing a slur against the former Taoiseach.