Book of condolences opened at City Hall in memory of former Taoiseach Garret Fiztzerald

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A BOOK of condolences has been opened at Limerick City Hall in memory of former Taoiseach, Dr Garret Fitzgerald, 85, who died last week following a short illness

A BOOK of condolences has been opened at Limerick City Hall in memory of former Taoiseach, Dr Garret Fitzgerald, 85, who died last week following a short illness

More than 20,000 people paid their respects to Dr Fitzgerald at the weekend ahead of a state funeral, which took place in Dublin on Sunday afternoon

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, who attended the state funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook, said it is important that Limerick people have the opportunity to pay their respects to Dr Fitzgerald who served as Taoiseach on two separate occasions in the 1980s.

“People right across the country had a great respect for Garret Fitzgerald and he was a wonderful and knowledgeable man and his interests spanned across a wide variety of subjects right across the country,” she said.

Margaret Stewart from Prospect, who was one of the first people to sign the book of condolences on Monday morning, said Dr Fitzgerald was a great man.

“He was the best man going, he was the best and there isn’t a thing that you can say wrong about him really and it is a pity that he wasn’t up and about for the Queen’s visit last week,” she told the Limerick Leader.