I learned,with sadness,of the death of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.The Cosgrave Dynasty has deep roots in Irish public life; an ancestor was killed at The Battle of Vinegar Hill during the 1798 uprising of The United Irishmen.Liam Cosgrave's father,W.T.Cosgrave, took part in the 1916 Rising being 2nd.Lieutenant in the 4th. Battalion of Irish Volunteers.W.T.'s step-brother,Goban Burke,was killed early in the rising.This caused W.T. great anguish as it was he who encouraged his step-brother to join the Volunteers.W.T.Cosgrave became President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State following the death of Arthur Griffith,and the assassination of Michael Collins.He led the country during it's formative years of a brutal,senseless,Civil war and economic deprivation.
Liam Cosgrave was Minister for External Affairs in the Inter-Party government of 1954-57.He became Taoiseach in the coalition government of F.G.and Labour between 1973-77.Liam Cosgrave,like his father,W.T.,always put the interest of the country before his own,or party political interests,a practice seldom,if ever,rewarded in this country.The Cosgrave legacy,of sacrifice,honest,integrity,truth and great service to this country will live on.May they all rest in peace.