Business groups pay tribute to former taoiseach FitzGerald

Representatives from the business sector have joined those paying tributes to former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald following his death at the age of 85.

Chambers Ireland said Dr FitzGerald's insights and valued commentaries will be greatly missed.

“As Taoiseach, Garret FitzGerald played a vital role in negotiating the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement, one of the foundations of peace and partnership politics on the island of Ireland," said Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive.

"His work helped to pave the way for the historic events taking place in Ireland this week.

“In retirement he continued to make a major economic contribution both in Ireland and overseas, his insights and valued commentaries will be greatly missed,” Talbot concluded.

IBEC Director General Danny McCoy said that among his many achievements, Dr FitzGerald will be remembered as a committed European and a key figure in shaping the modern Irish economy and its relationship with Europe.

"Long after his retirement he worked tirelessly during successive referendum campaigns to ensure that Ireland remained fully engaged and at the very heart of the European Union," Mr McCoy said.

"He was an astute economic commentator, with a long and distinguished history of public service."

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