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Liam Cosgrave

Liam Cosgrave.
From here.

Liam Cosgrave (see here),
prime minister of Ireland (Taoiseach) 1973-77,
born 13 Apr 1920.

Liam's father W.T. Cosgrave was leader of Fine Gael (Leader of the Opposition) until 1944.
Liam followed him into politics and was elected TD in 1943 general election (age 23).
Fine Gael TD for Dublin County 1943-48.
Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire 1948-81.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce in the Inter-Party Government of 1948-51.
He married Vera Osborne.
Minister for External Affairs in Fine Gael/Labour coalition, 1954-57.
Ireland joined UN 1955. Liam addressed UN General Assembly 1956.
Leader of Fine Gael 1965-77.
Leader of the opposition 1965-73.

Prime minister of Ireland (Taoiseach) in Fine Gael/Labour coalition, 1973-77.
Negotiated the Sunningdale power-sharing agreement, Dec 1973. This was the only serious attempt to solve the Northern Ireland problem before the Good Friday power-sharing agreement of 1998. Sunningdale was brought down in 1974 by the loyalist strike, and bombs in Dublin and Monaghan. Nothing as ambitious was tried again for 20 years.
Lost 1977 election. Resigned as leader of Fine Gael.
TD until 1981 when retired.

See Liam at launch of plaque to his father, 2013.
See Liam at launch of biography of his father, 2014.
See election record.
Liam and Vera had issue:

  1. Mary Cosgrave.

  2. Liam T. Cosgrave,
    Fine Gael TD and Senator,
    mar Joan Bourke,
    Cathaoirleach of the Senate 1996-97,
    see election record,
    had issue:

    1. Barry Cosgrave.
    2. William Cosgrave.

  3. Ciaran Cosgrave, mar Catherine McDonnell.

1973 election.

Book launch, 2014

Liam Cosgrave spoke at the launch of Michael Laffan's biography of his father W.T. Cosgrave, at the Royal Irish Academy, 21 Oct 2014.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny also spoke.

Liam Cosgrave speaking at the launch.
See larger and full size.
Photo courtesy of Ruth Kennedy.

Michael Laffan, Liam Cosgrave and Enda Kenny.
From RIA.

Liam Cosgrave and Enda Kenny.
See larger. From Enda Kenny.

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