EC president Barosso remembers 'outstanding European' FitzGerald

EC president Barosso remembers 'outstanding European' FitzGerald

Garrett FitzGerald has been described as "a committed and outstanding European" by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barosso.

In a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mr Barosso said that throughout his life Dr FitzGerald was a "passionate advocate of Ireland's active membership of the European Union" and would be remembered for "his convictions, his brilliance, his energy and his friendliness".

Mr Barroso recalled that as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr FitzGerald pursued a pro-active European policy and led the highly successful first Irish Presidency of the EC Council of Ministers in 1975.

As Taoiseach of Ireland he chaired the European Council in Dublin in December 1984 which cleared the way for Spanish and Portuguese membership of the European Communities.

More on this topic

Fitzgerald saw work vindicatedFitzgerald saw work vindicated

Fitzgerald embarks on final journeyFitzgerald embarks on final journey

Mourners gather for state funeral of Dr Garret FitzgeraldMourners gather for state funeral of Dr Garret Fitzgerald

McAleese to join Fitzgerald mournersMcAleese to join Fitzgerald mourners

More in this Section

Over half of hospital admissions due to eating disorders last year related to childrenOver half of hospital admissions due to eating disorders last year related to children

Inquiry into IBRC could end up costing over €30mInquiry into IBRC could end up costing over €30m

Gardaí seek relatives or friends of man found dead after going missing in 2011Gardaí seek relatives or friends of man found dead after going missing in 2011

Climate Action Plan needs to be fully implemented to meet EU targetsClimate Action Plan needs to be fully implemented to meet EU targets


Lifestyle

Dónal Clancy is a musician from An Rinn in Co Waterford. He will perform the music of his late father, Liam Clancy, in a special online solo performance on Thursday at 7pm as part of this year's Clonmel Junction Festival.Question of Taste: Dónal Clancy

BETWEEN 1973 and early 1975, John Lennon split with Yoko Ono, took up with his assistant May Pang and embarked on a period of intense creativity and outrageous behaviour. Lennon later described this time as his “lost weekend”.Rufus Wainwright has returned a new man

Stan O’Sullivan tells Ellie O’Byrne about the genre-busting album from 2007 that probably doesn’t get the recognition it deservesB-Side the Leeside - Cork’s Greatest Records: Louder & Clearer from Stanley Super 800

In recent times one of the most recurring and troubling conversations I have with teenagers, in therapy, is around their use of marijuana. Often parents seek out therapy because they have noticed a dramatic shift in their child’s behaviour.Richard Hogan: Beware of making light of your teen's marijuana use

More From The Irish Examiner