Just Garret : tales from the political front line / Garret FitzGerald.Publisher: Dublin : Liberties Press, 2010Description: 430 p., 32 p. of unnumbered plates : 24 cm. ill. (col.).ISBN: 9781907593239 : (hardback).Subject(s): FitzGerald, Garret | Aer Lingus | Fine Gael | Irish Times, Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) | Dáil Éireann | Statesmen -- Ireland -- Biography. -- Biography | Prime ministers -- Ireland -- Biography. -- Biography | Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1949-DDC classification: 941.7082092
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The way, the truth and the life: eulogy at the funeral of Garret Fitzgerald, Sunday 22 May 2011 -- Early childhood -- Secondary school years -- University and marriage, 1943-47 -- Aer Lingus and journalism, 1948-58 -- Perparation for politics -- The Senate in opposition, 1965-69 -- The Dáil, 1969-73 -- Meeting the challenges of coalition -- My first year in foreign affairs -- Irish presidency of the EC -- Protescting Irish interests in the EC -- Relations with countries outside the community, and development aid -- Sunningdale -- Northern Ireland, 1974-77 -- Leading the opposition -- Revolving-door Taoiseach -- Second term: picking up the pieces -- New Irish forum and the Anglo-Irish agreement -- Final years in politics -- Retirement -- Postscript: Joan
"Here is Garret FitzGerald the person - from the young newlywed in his first job, to the Taoiseach grappling with economic crises and dealing with world leaders like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. Just Garret is the personal account of the public and private lives of a man who led his country through a hugely turbulent period of history - always with intelligence and finesse. FitzGerald reflects candidly on his hugely varied career: his central role in the Anglo-Irish Agreement, Ireland's place in the EU on the global stage, and the threat posed to the state by IRA atrocities. He writes of the lighter moments of his professional life - including the discovery of spies in the Stillorgan Shopping Centre"--from jacket.