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Dr. Garret Michael Desmond FITZGERALD

Member of the Däil Eireann

Dr. Garret Michael Desmond FITZGERALD, Irish Member of the Dàil Eireann. Grand Cross (1st Class), Order of Merit, Germany; Grand Order, Order of the Rising Sun, Japan; Order of Christ, Portugal; Grand Order, Order of Al-Kauban, Jordan; Grand Officer de L’ordre de la Republique, Tunisia.


FITZGERALD, Dr. Garret Michael Desmond was born on February 9, 1926 in Dublin, Ireland. Parents: Desmond Fitzgerald and Mabel Fitzgerald (née McConnell).


University College, Dublin, Bachelor of Arts, 1946, Doctor of Philosophy, 1969. Spoken languages: English, French.


Member, since 1961, Leader, 1977-1987, Fine Gael. Member of the Dàil Eireann. Shadow Minister for Education, 19691971, Finance, 1971-1973.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, 1973-1977. President, European Community Council of Ministers, 1975. President, Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, 1977.

Prime Minister, 1981-1982, 1982-1987. Leader of Opposition, 1977-1981, 1982. President, European Council, 1984.

Member, Anglo-Irish Parliamentary Body. Barrister at Law, since 1947. Director, Trade Development Institute, since 1987.

Director, Guinness Peat, since 1987. Director, Cona International, since 1988. Director, International Institut, for Environmental Development, since 1988.


  • Planning in Ireland
  • State Sponsored Bodies, 1959. Planning in Ireland, 1969. A New Ireland, 1972.

    Unequal Partners, 1980. The Middle East and the Unilateral Partners, 1981. The Israeli-Palestinian Issue, 1980, (Autobiography) 1991.


Roman Catholic.


Clubs: member. Royal Irish Yacht Club. Dun Leore Reform Club.


  • Other Interests

    Reading; foreign affairs, environment, education.


Spouse Joan Mary Margaret Fitzgerald (née O’Farrell), 1947. Children: John, Mary, Mark.