UN chief expresses condolences upon death of former Irish leader

16:46, May 20, 2011      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has expressed his sympathies to the Irish president after hearing of the death of Garret FitzGerald, a former Irish taoiseach (prime minister), according to a note to correspondents released here Thursday.

"The secretary-general sent a letter today to the president of Ireland, expressing his condolences on the passing of former Irish Taoiseach Dr. Garret FitzGerald," the note said, "In his letter, the secretary-general paid tribute to former Taoiseach FitzGerald for having served his country and its institutions with intelligence and passion, and with unmistakable distinction."

FitzGerald, who was 85, was the leader of Fine Gael between 1977 and 1987. He served twice as prime minister, from July 1981 to February 1982 and from December 1982 to March 1987.

Source: Xinhua
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