Garret FitzGerald, former Irish prime minister, to speak

by Michael O. Garvey

Garret FitzGerald, former prime minister of Ireland, will give a lecture on “Northern Ireland and the Normalization of the Irish-British Relationship” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 30) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.p. FitzGerald served two terms as prime minister, or Taosieach, from 1981-82 and 1982-87. Before holding his country’s highest political office, he was its minister for foreign affairs from 1973-77. He played a crucial role in the negotiation of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, which dramatically increased the Irish government’s influence on the political status of the nationalist community in Northern Ireland.p. FitzGerald is chancellor of the National University of Ireland, director of several export market consultancy and software production firms, and chairman of the board of Rila, Inc. He lectures widely, writes a weekly column in the Irish Times, and is the author of numerous books, including a 1991 autobiography, “All in a Life.”p. The lecture is sponsored by the Keough Institute for Irish Studies.

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