Just a reflection on Garret FitzGerald, taoiseach 1981-1982 and 1982-1987. I reckon he could have been the best taoiseach we ever had if a few things were different. If the economy wasn't as bad, the FG-Labour coalition or FG may have got re-elected in 1987. His attempts to liberalise Irish society went to no avail as Ireland was still a deeply conservative Catholic society at this time. His crowning glory is ultimately the Anglo Irish Agreement which cemented the Republic having a voice in the North. A minor glory was not allowing the debt in the 80s to spiral further out of control.
All in all, a liberal taoiseach of honesty and integrity, if circumstances were different, would have been the best taoiseach ever.