MER TAOISEACH IS LAID TO REST

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not go­ing to do any­thing to­day to up­set him or in­deed up­set you.

“I would like to thank all the peo­ple who have helped him in re­cent times and par­tic­u­larly the med­i­cal staff.

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge the great sup­port given by mem­bers of An Garda Siochana down the years to the Cos­grave family and to dad in par­tic­u­lar.

“He was a great sup­porter of theirs, and they re­turned it ten­fold.

“My fa­ther had a great affin­ity for the Army and it is great to see them here with him to the very end.” It was a

rel­a­tively low-key and pri­vate fu­neral, with few of the trap­pings associated with sim­i­lar state oc­ca­sions. The hearse car­ried no flow­ers.

He added: “Af­fec­tion, kind­ness, love and loy­alty, dad gave us in abun­dance.

“He took a deep in­ter­est in the

wel­fare and sup­port of his grand­chil­dren Barry and Wil­liam.

“One of the last things to bring a smile to his lips was be­ing told last Mon­day Wil­liam had passed his driv­ing test at the first at­tempt, al­beit by a short head.”

Mr Cos­grave was a devout Catholic, and family friend of 50 Mourn­ers watch as cof­fin is car­ried in

Fine Gael’s Fitzger­ald & Noonan With De Valera years Mon­signor Wil­son presided over the ser­vice. He said: “Liam Cos­grave loved his family, he loved his coun­try, he loved his faith. He was a pa­triot in the very best sense of that term.” He added he also had great hu­mil­ity. Mon­signor Wil­son said: “In­tegrity was the hall­mark of his pri­vate and pub­lic life.” Mr Cos­grave was buried in Gold­en­bridge Ceme­tery, Inchicore, be­side his fa­ther WT Cos­grave, a key fig­ure in the foun­da­tion of the Ir­ish Free State and an of­fi­cer in the 1916 Ris­ing.

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From top, for­mer Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Fine Fail leader Micheal Martin, TD Si­mon Coveney, TD Si­mon Har­ris and TD Joan Burton

SEAL GUARD OF HON­OUR Army at the Church of the An­nun­ci­a­tion in Rath­farn­ham, Dublin, yes­ter­day

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