Dignitaries join Fitzgerald family for removal

President Mary McAleese, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, members of the Cabinet and the judiciary have joined the FitzGerald family for the removal of Dr Garret FitzGerald to the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook.

President Mary McAleese, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, members of the Cabinet and the judiciary have joined the FitzGerald family for the removal of Dr Garret FitzGerald to the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook.

Thousands of people paid their respects to the former taoiseach at the Mansion House in Dublin earlier today.

The removal to the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook is coming to a close this evening.

Dr Fitzgerald will be laid to rest at Shanganagh cemetery in Dublin, following a state funeral tomorrow at 2.30pm.

The former taoiseach died this week in a Dublin hospital after a short illness.

Mr FitzGerald, who helped negotiate the Anglo-Irish Agreement, died just hours after the Queen made an historic reconciliation speech in Dublin Castle, made possible by the 1985 accord.

President McAleese and the Queen led tributes which poured in from international leaders.

Mrs McAleese described Mr FitzGerald as the Renaissance man of our time and a national treasure.

Flags were flying at half mast on all government buildings until after the funeral.

Referred to as “Garret the Good” by colleagues and opponents alike, his death was announced in a short family statement from his children John, Mark and Mary. He had been undergoing treatment in the Mater private hospital over the last few weeks.

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