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'Garret the good' was a sneer from his rival

Many commentators, including RTE, refer to late Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald as "Garret the good".

Whether they realise it or not, this was a pejorative term coined by Haughey sycophant and fellow Mayo man, the late John Healy, about Garret.

He also used the same sneering sarcasm about Jack Lynch, giving him the sobriquet 'Honest Jack'.

This was an era when honesty and integrity were seen as for the little people, and a sort of term of abuse and to be made fun of.

I wish the media would stop using it, unless, of course, in the fullness of time, such faint praise and snide epithets about Mr FitzGerald have come home to roost.

BRENDAN CAFFERTY

BALLINA, CO MAYO