Figures from across the political divide attend a dinner to celebrate former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's 75th birthday.

Over 1,200 guests attend a cross party celebration at Citywest Hotel in Dublin for the birthday of former Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald.

The great, the good and the Fine Gael party faithful gathered in force this evening to celebrate Dr Garret FitzGerald's seventy fifth birthday.

Former Labour Party TD Liam Kavanagh brought Dr FitzGerald a gift of a bottle of brandy claiming a Wicklow man never shows up to a birthday party without a gift.

Dr FitzGerald quizzes RTÉ reporter Charlie Bird about what he is doing there and asks if he has nothing better to do? Dr FitzGerald says while he is enjoying the party he is not looking forward to the prospect of giving a speech.

Fine Gael TD Michael Noonan pays tribute to Garret FitzGerald and his political legacy.

He achieved an enormous amount, the Anglo Irish Agreement would immediately spring to mind.

Michael Noonan believes Dr FitzGerald’s biggest achievement is that he made Irish people think about themselves and their country.

Among the guests are SDLP leader John Hume, the Labour Party leader Ruairi Quinn and the former British Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe, who pays tribute to Dr FitzGerald’s work on the Anglo Irish Agreement.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 February 2001. The reporter is Charlie Bird.