FitzGerald, Garret

Garret Fitzgerald at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis 1981
Garret Fitzgerald at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis 1981

About FitzGerald, Garret

Born in Dublin, he served as Foreign Affairs minister (1973-77) and was the leader of Fine Gael (1977-87). He was Taoiseach twice, from July 1981 to February 1982, and from December 1982 to March 1987.

FitzGerald was instrumental in securing the Anglo-Irish Agreement of November 1985, which provided for a mechanism by which the Republic of Ireland could be consulted by the British Government under Margaret Thatcher regarding the governance of Northern Ireland.

He wrote an autobiography, 'All in a Life' (1991) and a weekly column in 'The Irish Times'. He also lectured widely in politics and economics, retiring from politics in 1992.

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