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Liam Cosgrave, Taoiseach and son of the first elected leader of the Free State government has died. I remember him getting in (we were stuck in a traffic jam in Lisburn of all places), and I remember him going under Lynch’s tricksy abolition of road tax, but not much else.
We were, as we largely are now largely preoccupied with our difficulties. There’s a faint recognition too of that there are no losers and no winners at the announcement of Sunningdale.
By all accounts he hated the Provisionals with a rare passion in southern politicians, although he rarely showed it. His father’s experience of the Civil War no doubt sterling him for the handling of violent insurgency.
I’ll add obits as the day goes on…