Tributes paid as taoiseach Cosgrave dies aged 97

Tributes paid as taoiseach Cosgrave dies aged 97”

But he said that this was not the time to go in those details.

The Cosgraves' daughter Mary is an acting steward at race meetings, mainly in the Dublin and Kildare area.

He said the former Taoiseach had a long career and his family and the Fine Gael were rightly proud of his achievements.

The book was opened in Cosgrave's heartland of Dun Laoghaire, at the County Hall on Marine Road in the south Dublin locality at 11am today.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin added his tribute, noting Mr Cosgrave's position at the forefront of Irish politics as the Troubles broke out.

"A grateful country thanks and honours him for always putting the nation first", Varadkar said.

He said Mr Cosgrave worked to protect and defend the democratic institutions of the State and "showed great courage and determination in doing so".

As leader of Fine Gael, he led the government from 1973 to 1977, and was the son of the first head of the Irish Free State.

Mr Cosgrave was regarded as an internationally respected statesman.

Mr Bruton said: "Liam Cosgrave gave great service to this State in extremely hard times".

British ambassador to Ireland Christopher Ewart-Biggs was also murdered by the IRA during Mr Cosgrave's time in office.

Mr Varadkar extended his sympathies to Mr Cosgrave's family.

Irish President Michael D Higgins said United Nations membership was one of Mr Cosgrave's most memorable achievements.

Denis Egan, chief executive of the Turf Club, said on Thursday: "Liam Cosgrave had a passionate interest in racing and it was a privilege to have known him and to meet him on his frequent visits to race meetings". He will be greatly missed by us all.

He was the last surviving Taoiseach born prior to the foundation of the State. "But he was also a major figure in his own right".

During his 40-year political career, Mr Cosgrave led the government during some of the most turbulent years of the Troubles and consistently opposed violence.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin described Mr Cosgrave as a "true patriot" and a "gentleman to his fingertips".

Mr Cosgrave also voted against proposals to legalise the import and sale of artificial contraceptives in the 1970s.

Former Clare TDs are among those paying tribute to the late Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, on his death at the age of 97.

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