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Garret was an outstanding 'giant' of Irish life

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Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald keeps an eye on the Dublin North Central constituency at the 2011 count centre in the RDS

Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald keeps an eye on the Dublin North Central constituency at the 2011 count centre in the RDS

Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald keeps an eye on the Dublin North Central constituency at the 2011 count centre in the RDS

Garret FitzGerald was a giant in many spheres of Irish public life. Throughout his whole life he contributed in an outstanding way to Irish society, Irish politics and the Irish people.

The country is the poorer for his loss. We, in the National University of Ireland, the university to which he was so devoted and for which he provided such inspirational leadership, grieve his loss particularly. We send our deepest sympathies to the FitzGerald family.

Dr Maurice Manning
chancellor of the national University of ireland
For many years I followed and supported Garret Fitzgerald's numerous achievements in his political role.
Unfortunately for me, I only ever caught a fleeting glimpse of him on Dublin's Dawson Street but I was, and ever will be, a fan of his approach , integrity and resolve.
In my humble opinion he was without a doubt the greatest statesman of the modern era in Ireland.

I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and party members.

Ireland can be truly proud of this great man. May he rest in peace.

Peter Ryan
Hanoi, Vietnam

I find myself wanting to write two letters to you this morning but will combine them into one.

How lucky we -- up here in Northern Ireland -- are to have 'the Star' that is Queen Elizabeth II as our Head of State.

And, what a pity you did not elect Garret Fitzgerald as your own Head of State at some juncture. In my view, he was the only true political giant you have had in my lifetime.

David Stewart
Co Antrim

Irish Independent