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FG marks birthplace of founder Cosgrave


Former Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave

Former Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave

Former Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave

THERE was an air of a family gathering as Fine Gael assembled at an event to honour one of the party's founders WT Cosgrave.

The party's elder statesman, his son former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (inset), unveiled a plaque marking his father's birthplace in Kilmainham, Dublin, helped by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Fine Gael rebel TDs Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan were also attended the event.

More than 50 people gathered at Kenny's Lounge for the unveiling of the plaque marking WT Cosgrave's birth in the same building in 1880.

Ms Creighton described the former Taoiseach as "one of my absolute political heroes" and her reason for attending was "a desire to hear Liam Cosgrave". Mr Flanagan said he was there to see "history in the making".

Mr Kenny made no reference to the party's recent troubles during his brief speech, instead heaping praise of the Cosgraves, both WT and his son Liam for their stewardship of the country during difficult times.

Mr Cosgrave (93) was on his feet for more than a half an hour as he delivered a speech, speaking with pride about his father's career. He gave a detailed account of WT Cosgrave's involvement in the Easter Rising, his leadership during the Civil War after the death of Michael Collins, and his achievements such as the building of the Shannon hydro electric scheme in the 1920s.