Garret FitzGerald

Garret Desmond FitzGerald (9 February 1926  19 May 2011) was an Irish Fine Gael politician, economist and barrister who served twice as Taoiseach, serving from 1981 to 1982 and 1982 to 1987. He served as Leader of Fine Gael from 1977 to 1987, and was twice Leader of the Opposition between 1977 and 1982; he was previously Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1973 to 1977. FitzGerald served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1969 to 1992 and was a Senator for the Industrial and Commercial Panel from 1965 to 1969.[2]

Garret FitzGerald
FitzGerald in 1975
8th Taoiseach
In office
14 December 1982  10 March 1987
PresidentPatrick Hillery
Preceded byCharles Haughey
Succeeded byCharles Haughey
In office
30 June 1981  9 March 1982
TánaisteMichael O'Leary
Preceded byCharles Haughey
Succeeded byCharles Haughey
Leader of the Opposition
In office
10 March 1982  14 December 1982
PresidentPatrick Hillery
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byCharles Haughey
Succeeded byCharles Haughey
In office
5 July 1977  30 June 1981
Preceded byJack Lynch
Succeeded byCharles Haughey
Leader of Fine Gael
In office
1 July 1977  10 March 1987
DeputyPeter Barry
Preceded byLiam Cosgrave
Succeeded byAlan Dukes
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
14 March 1973  5 July 1977
TaoiseachLiam Cosgrave
Preceded byBrian Lenihan
Succeeded byMichael O'Kennedy
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1969  November 1992
ConstituencyDublin South-East
In office
23 June 1965  18 June 1969
ConstituencyIndustrial and Commercial Panel
Personal details
Born(1926-02-09)9 February 1926
Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland
Died19 May 2011(2011-05-19) (aged 85)
Phibsborough, Dublin, Ireland
Resting placeShanganagh Cemetery
 Shankill, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Joan O'Farrell
(m. 1947; died 1999)
RelationsEithne (daughter-in-law)
Children3, including John
EducationBelvedere College
Alma mater
  • Barrister
  • economist
  • journalist
  • lecturer
  • politician
Nickname(s)"Garret the Good"[1]

He was the son of Desmond FitzGerald, the first foreign minister of the Irish Free State. At the time of his death, FitzGerald was president of the Institute of International and European Affairs[3] and a columnist for The Irish Times, and had made occasional appearances on television programmes.[4]