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    Knight of Munster Knight of Munster is offline

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    Garrett Fitzgerald?????

    Garrett Fitzgerald has risen once again from the dead to give us one of his matter of fact speaches on the so-called current crisis. The man has been
    out of Leinster house from some time and yet professes to know the state
    of play. Why the hell should we listen to him—when he was Taoiseach he nearly ran the country into the ground. The schools were starved of supplies, taxes were sky high and Northern Ireland was at its worst, while he ranted on about what was best for the country. It obviously takes
    a very long time to get the dead wood out of Irish politics. Will
    Garrett do the decent thing and completely retire from the public scene—
    out with the very old and in with the young!
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    How is this remotely a current affair?
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    Wasn't it Jack Lynch's giveaway budget that banjaxed the country for the next decade? No FGer I, but thought it remiss not to mention it...
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    I met Garrett about a week ago and he was in flying form. I don't think he was a fantastic Taoiseach but he was a great mind. I do think he's getting on about now though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight of Munster View Post
    Various dementedly vague , poorly parsed, sourced gibberings
    This is a lazy , poor quality thread, there's no source, no clarity to the argument. Can people avoid posting to it unless the Mods tidy up the gibberings of the first post ?

    cYp
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    Didnt reduce the level of increasing debt incredibly? The previous government stired Ireland into an iceberg, he stired it away with decent enough low levels of damage, considering things could have been alot worse.

    And what about northren Ireland? Without his work, recent progressions wouldnt be happening.
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    FitzGerald always knew the right course of action, but couldn't always put it into effect.

    That combination doesn't make a great politician, but the latter is irrelevent in commentators
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    H.R. Haldeman H.R. Haldeman is offline
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    He is an elder statesman and, for better or worse, political systems have always listened to the views of its elder statesmen. Whether the youngsters choose to take the elder's advice is up to them of course, because sometimes these old buzzards go nuts and talk crap. But sometimes they come good late in the day and turn into Jimmy Carter or, erm, Neil Kinnock. And Churchill was approaching this twightlight world of semi-senility meets semi-influence when the Nazis got warming up, so, you know...

    Moral of the story: respect your elders young feller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight of Munster View Post
    Garrett Fitzgerald has risen once again from the dead to give us one of his matter of fact speaches on the so-called current crisis. The man has been
    out of Leinster house from some time and yet professes to know the state
    of play. Why the hell should we listen to him—when he was Taoiseach he nearly ran the country into the ground. The schools were starved of supplies, taxes were sky high and Northern Ireland was at its worst, while he ranted on about what was best for the country. It obviously takes
    a very long time to get the dead wood out of Irish politics. Will
    Garrett do the decent thing and completely retire from the public scene—
    out with the very old and in with the young!
    He has a lot more talent and ability in his little finger than you are in danger of possessing.

    The depth of your ignorance is shown in the fact that you cannot even get his name right: his name is Garret FitzGerald, not Garrett Fitzgerald, you dumb fool.
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    When Sunday dinner with the family consists of sitting across from the head of the ESRI and the head of Sherry FitzGerald you might have some insight into the current predicament that the country is facing.

    And anyone who blames Garret for the economy being screwed in the 80's is best ignored.
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