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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 election record.

See Liam at launch of plaque to his father, 2013.
See Liam at launch of biography of his father, 2014.
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.
From the Reeling in the Years series.

IRA kidnapping of Dutch businessman Tiede Herrema in 1975.
From the Reeling in the Years series.

The Assassination of British Ambassador Christopher Ewart-Biggs in 1976.
From the Reeling in the Years series.

1977 election.
From the Reeling in the Years series.

W.T. Cosgrave opened Ardnacrusha Power Station in 1929. He was accompanied by his family.
His son Liam Cosgrave, who had been at the opening in 1929, returned to Ardnacrusha in 2012 for a ceremony to mark the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the ESB in 1927.
Jump to 16:20 here.
From ESB.

Liam Cosgrave speech at plaque unveiling, 2013

Liam Cosgrave speech at book launch, 2014

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