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Garret FitzGerald
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FitzGerald in October 2009
Taoiseach
In office
14 December 1982 – 10 March 1987
Tánaiste Dick Spring
Preceded by Charles Haughey
Succeeded by Charles Haughey
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
Tánaiste Michael O'Leary
Preceded by Charles Haughey
Succeeded by Charles Haughey
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
14 March 1973 – 5 July 1977
Preceded by Brian Lenihan
Succeeded by Michael O'Kennedy
Teachta Dála
In office
18 June 1969 – 25 November 1992
Constituency Dublin South East
Personal details
Born (1926-02-09)9 February 1926
Dublin, Ireland
Died 19 May 2011(2011-05-19) (aged 85)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Joan O'Farrell FitzGerald (died 1999)
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Alma mater University College Dublin

Garret FitzGerald (9 February 1926– 19 May 2011) was an Irish politician who was twice Taoiseach of Ireland, from July 1981 to February 1982 and again from December 1982 to March 1987. FitzGerald was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1965, and in 1969 to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD. He served as Foreign Affairs Minister from 1973 to 1977. FitzGerald was the leader of Fine Gael between 1977 and 1987.

He was the son of Desmond FitzGerald, the first Minister for External Affairs of the Irish Free State following independence from the United Kingdom in 1922. At the time of his death, FitzGerald was the President of the Institute of International and European Affairs, had a column in The Irish Times and occasionally made appearances on television programmes.

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