‘Brave voice against ter­ror­ism’

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY MICHAEL MCHUGH and ED CARTY

BORN in 1920, Liam Cos­grave had a 40-year po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and was part of the gov­ern­ment which saw Ire­land be­come a Repub­lic in 1949.

He also over­saw Ire­land join­ing the UN, ad­dressed the US Congress in 1976 and signed the Sun­ning­dale Agree­ment in the North which led to a short-lived pow­er­shar­ing ex­ec­u­tive in Belfast in 1972.

Ea­mon De Valera pre­sented him with the seal of of­fice in 1973. He was Taoiseach un­til 1977, some of the most tur­bu­lent years of the Troubles. He’s been de­scribed as a coura­geous voice against ter­ror­ism. He was at the head of Gov­ern­ment on the day of the Dublin-mon­aghan bomb­ings on May 17, 1974, when loy­al­ists killed 33 peo­ple, in­clud­ing a preg­nant woman at full term.

Mr Cos­grave cov­ered the cost of his fa­ther’s state fu­neral in 1965.

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