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# Garret Fitzgerald

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# decline and fall
Acceptable in the 80s: Ireland once regarded Mugabe as a respected statesman and honoured guest
The Zimbabwe leader was viewed as a pariah by the West for decades. Things were different in 1983.
# trade partners
Ireland considered sanctions on Gaddafi's Libya over IRA support but was worried about beef
Ireland had built up a valuable beef export partnership with Libya.
# State Papers
Garrett FitzGerald told Margaret Thatcher: 'John Hume will generally do what he is asked to do'
The frank assessment came in meeting between the pair in The Hague in 1986.
# what's the big idea?
'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald
William Long, from Essex, wrote to the then Taoiseach with his plans for Irish trade.
# pen pals
A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey
“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.
# not impressed
The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish
Talk about tarring us all with the same brush.
# Mansion House
Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985
The then Taoiseach even reached out to his nemesis Charles Haughey in an attempt to stymie Gerry Adams’ party.
# 1985 state papers
'Say the daily rosary': This is the kind of fan mail you get when you're Taoiseach
Garret Fitzgerald got quite a bit when he signed the Anglo-Irish agreement.
# Ouch
When Maggie dropped some epic shade on Garret FitzGerald...
Mrs Thatcher was not a fan of Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
# nudey films
Pornography being shown in pubs had the government in a fluster 30 years ago
The government of the time was not one bit happy at the thought of sex shops coming to these shores either.
# Can't believe it's not better
This is the most sarcastic letter ever written about butter to a Taoiseach
“We don’t watch TV anymore, we put the put the butter on the table and look at it.”
# meanies
This 8-year-old wrote to the Taoiseach in 1984 because RTÉ was 'mean to block sunshine'
She said she wanted RTÉ to ‘stop being mean’ to a pirate radio station.
# 1984 State Papers
Stop it! RTÉ was told to stop jamming pirate radio stations
Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald said the Government were not trying to be “spoil-sports”.
# Garret the Good
Enda Kenny might appoint a senator to the Cabinet*
*If he’s re-elected.
# 1984 State Papers
Thatcher in '84: 'The Irish don't like to move, but they're all terribly happy to move to Britain'
The PM’s comments have been revealed in newly released state documents.
# Dukes of Hazard
This man warned that Ireland could end up needing a bailout... 30 years ago
State papers reveal how Alan Dukes warned his cabinet colleagues of the need to cut spending.
# grow your own
More quality Irish coaches available than ever before, says Munster CEO Fitzgerald
The southern province’s chief also insists ‘it was never policy’ to recruit an entirely Irish coaching ticket.
# Explainer
Who is Frank Flannery and why is everyone talking about him?
He is the man who helped Fine Gael become the largest party in the State but his involvement with the Rehab Group has caused controversy in recent weeks. Who is Frank Flannery? Let TheJournal.ie explain all.
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
This video will get Fine Gael members totally psyched for their Ard Fheis
Everyone else? Not so much…
# Axel
No room for Kidney as director in Munster structure -- Fitzgerald
The Munster CEO suggested that ‘common sense’ would make Anthony Foley the favourite to replace Rob Penney.
# lecture
Former AG Peter Sutherland to give Garret FitzGerald memorial address
Sutherland and FitzGerland had a close working relationship, with the former Taoieach appointing the barrister Ireland’s Attorney General when he took office in 1981.
# 1984
Thatcher considered redrawing NI border to move Catholic areas south
The plan was revealed by British state papers released under the 30 year rule.
# State Papers
Ex-senior garda advised Taoiseach not to appoint an 'outsider' as commissioner
With the gardaí in crisis after the retirement of its two most senior officers over the phone tapping scandal, one former officer had some advice for Garret FitzGerald.
# 1983
History lesson: What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum?
Using first-hand materials gathered from the National Archives, we take a look at what happened before and after the contentious vote in 1983.
Voices
Column: Remembering 'Garret the Good' and his legacy on Irish politics
In today’s poll-driven political culture we sometimes forget that to fail sometimes, you at least have to try. While Garret Fitzgerald did have failures, he also had the courage to do what he thought was right, writes David McCann.
# The Troubles
'Desperate' Ireland wanted Britain to send NATO troops to Northern Ireland
A Wikileaks cable reveals that Garret FitzGerald asked the United States not to oppose any British reassignment of troops.
# Trade
Garret Fitzgerald 'not taken in' by Russians during 1976 trade mission
In a wire from the US Embassy in Ireland, an aid to the ambassador said Ireland believes that ‘Godless’ communists are in league with Satan.
# margaret thatcher
6 key moments that defined Margaret Thatcher's relationship with Ireland
Assassination attempts, the Hunger Strikes, and historic agreements were just some of the events involving Britain and Ireland that took place during the Iron Lady’s 11 years as Prime Minister.
# margaret thatcher
In pics: Margaret Thatcher and Ireland
Britain’s first female prime minister died following a stroke this morning.
Voices
Column: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle.
University of Ulster politics academic David McCann recalls the events of 1982 – and says we’ve never seen such a politically-charged atmosphere in this country since that turbulent year.
# Taoisigh expenses
€83k paid to ex-taoisigh this year – despite scrapping of expenses scheme
Payments to former Taoisigh for secretarial allowances continued until March – despite Enda Kenny telling the Dáil they would end in January, TheJournal.ie can reveal.
# Tourism
Potential for growth in tourism sector highlighted at Summer School
Leaders in the tourism sector highlighted paths for potential growth in the sector at the Garret FitzGerald Summer School in Killarney.
# History
New documents detail Fianna Fáil pressure on President Hillery in 1982
Logbooks released by a UCD-funded website detail calls placed to Áras an Uactaráin by Fianna Fáil members in a controversial move that had consequences for the party years later.
# a job to do
Penney to drop in as new Munster coach
The Kiwi has been handed a two-year deal by the province who say that Anthony Foley will continue as forwards coach next season.
# USA! USA! USA!
In pictures: Taoiseach rounds off US trip with shamrock presentation
Enda Kenny met with congressional leaders and presented President Obama with a bowl of shamrock as his US trip drew to a close.
# Review 2011
RIP: The people who died in 2011
From Garret FitzGerald to Steve Jobs, we take a look at some of the people from politics, entertainment and sport who died this year.
# State Papers
In pictures: State papers reveal new details about hunger strikes and Stardust
Gaddafi’s intervention in the hunger strikes, Thatcher’s concessions and an advisor to Charlie Haughey who wasn’t best pleased with the state broadcaster. All revealed today…
# taoisigh
Ahern claimed €377k in expenses since leaving office
Details provided to Wicklow TD Anne Ferris show that the ‘Teflon Taoiseach’ has claimed over €10,000 in phone expenses alone.
# Property
First family home of the late Garret FitzGerald goes under the hammer
The FitzGeralds bought the house for £4,250 in 1959. It’s expected to fetch €1.3 million at auction tomorrow.
# Obama
Kenny tells Obama: Bring your golf clubs next time
The bailout, Northern Ireland, the Queen’s visit, the Republic’s role in the world, and golf were among the topics discussed by president Barack Obama and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Farmleigh house this morning.