Liam Cosgrave

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Liam Cosgrave
Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave-Patricks Day 1976.jpg
Taoiseach
In office
14 March 1973 – 5 July 1977
President Éamon de Valera
Erskine H. Childers
Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
Patrick Hillery
Tánaiste Brendan Corish
Preceded by Jack Lynch
Succeeded by Jack Lynch
Leader of the Opposition
In office
21 April 1965 – 14 March 1973
Taoiseach
Preceded by James Dillon
Succeeded by Jack Lynch
Leader of Fine Gael
In office
21 April 1965 – 1 July 1977
Deputy Tom O'Higgins
Preceded by James Dillon
Succeeded by Garret FitzGerald
Minister for External Affairs
In office
2 June 1954 – 20 March 1957
Taoiseach John A. Costello
Preceded by Frank Aiken
Succeeded by Frank Aiken
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce
In office
18 February 1948 – 13 June 1951
Taoiseach John A. Costello
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Government Chief Whip
In office
18 February 1948 – 13 June 1951
Taoiseach John A. Costello
Preceded by Éamonn Kissane
Succeeded by Donnchadh Ó Briain
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977 – June 1981
Constituency Dún Laoghaire
In office
February 1948 – June 1977
Constituency Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown
In office
June 1943 – February 1948
Constituency Dublin County
Personal details
Born William Michael Cosgrave
(1920-04-13)13 April 1920
Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland
Died 4 October 2017(2017-10-04) (aged 97)
Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland[1][2]
Resting place Goldenbridge Cemetery,
Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland[3]
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s)
Vera Osborne
(m. 1952; her death 2016)
Children 3, including Liam
Parents
Education
Alma mater King's Inns

William Michael Cosgrave (13 April 1920 – 4 October 2017)[4][5][6] was an Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach from 1973 to 1977, Leader of Fine Gael from 1965 to 1977, Leader of the Opposition from 1965 to 1973, Minister for External Affairs from 1954 to 1957, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce and Government Chief Whip from 1948 to 1951. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1943 to 1981.[7]

Born in Castleknock, Dublin, Cosgrave was the son of W. T. Cosgrave, the first President of the Executive Council in the newly formed Irish Free State. After qualifying as a barrister he decided to embark on a political career. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1943 general election and sat in opposition alongside his father. The formation of the first inter-party government in 1948 saw Cosgrave become a Parliamentary Secretary to Taoiseach John A. Costello. He formally became a cabinet member in 1954 when he was appointed Minister for External Affairs. The highlight of his three-year tenure was Ireland's successful entry into the United Nations. In 1965 Cosgrave was the unanimous choice of his colleagues to succeed James Dillon as leader of Fine Gael. He lost the 1969 general election to the incumbent Jack Lynch, but won the 1973 general election and became Taoiseach in a Fine Gael-Labour Party government.

He was the longest-lived Taoiseach of Ireland, dying at the age of 97 years, 174 days, on 4 October 2017.[8]

Early life[edit]

Cosgrave displayed a keen interest in politics from an early age, discussing the topic with his father as a teenager before eventually joining Fine Gael at the age of 17, speaking at his first public meeting the same year. He was educated at Synge Street CBS,[9] Castleknock College, Dublin, and King's Inns. He studied law and was called to the Irish bar in 1943. To the surprise of his family, Liam decided to seek election to Dáil Éireann in the 1943 general election and was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin County at the age of 23,[10] sitting in the 11th Dáil alongside his father W. T. Cosgrave who was one of the founders of the Irish Free State in the 1920s. Cosgrave rapidly rose through the ranks of Fine Gael, and was regarded as being by far the most able and active of Fine Gael's newer TDs. His election in 1943 occurred during a long period when his party was in opposition, from 1932 to 1948.

Cosgrave wrote to the Party Leader, Richard Mulcahy, in May 1947, on the poor attendance in the Dáil, and informed his leader that "I cannot any longer conscientiously ask the public to support the party as a party, and in the circumstances I do not propose to speak at meetings outside my constituency." Nevertheless, Cosgrave became the parliamentary secretary to the Taoiseach and Chief Whip when the party returned to power in 1948. Mulcahy, while remaining leader of Fine Gael, allowed John A Costello to become Taoiseach of the Inter Party Government as the latter had wider appeal and acceptance.[11]

Political career[edit]

Minister[edit]

The first coalition Government collapsed in 1951. However, in 1954 a second inter-party Government was formed. On this occasion Liam Cosgrave, at the age of 34, was given a cabinet position. As Minister for External Affairs Cosgrave took part in trade discussions and chaired the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 1955. He also presided over Ireland's admission to the United Nations in 1955. Cosgrave outlined the three principles of his foreign policy to the Dáil in June 1956, the first was adherence to the principles of the UN Charter, the second was independence and non-alignment, but the third made clear where Ireland's sympathies lay: "to do whatever we can as a member of the UN to preserve the Christian civilisation of which we are a part and with that end in view to support whenever possible those powers principally responsible for the defence of the free world in their resistance to the spread of communist power and influence." Ireland was non aligned in favour of the United States. The second Inter Party government collapsed amid severely deflationary policies set by the patrician Minister for Finance, Gerard Sweetman, and Cosgrave held Sweetman personally responsible for Fine Gael's defeat in 1957, and told him so, reportedly stating that Fine Gael "was no longer led by people living in big houses at the end of long avenues." He did not speak to Sweetman for some years.

Opposition[edit]

Cosgrave remained active in opposition but he privately supported Fianna Fáil's referendum to abolish the system of proportional representation in June 1959, which was defeated. This opposition was to count against him later that year in the leadership contest. In October 1959, the dual leadership of Fine Gael, Mulcahy and Costello, stood down. Costello wanted to continue his practice as a senior counsel as well as being leader. He had asked Cosgrave to be his "managing director" in the Dáil while he was absent on legal work. Cosgrave, not surprisingly, had declined this. James Dillon and Cosgrave contested the leadership with Dillon decisively elected. With Fine Gael back in opposition during the 1960s, an internal struggle for the soul of the party was beginning. A large body of members called on Fine Gael to move decisively towards social democracy. A set of eight principles known as the Just Society was put forward to the party leadership by Declan Costello, the son of John A Costello, the former Taoiseach. The principles called for higher state spending in Health and Social Welfare on top of a greater state role in the economy. Despite his conservative credentials, Cosgrave adopted a somewhat positive attitude to the Just Society document. Nevertheless, Fianna Fáil went on to win the 1965 General Election and Fine Gael remained in opposition.

Fine Gael leader[edit]

In 1965, when James Dillon retired as Fine Gael leader after the 1965 general election loss, Liam Cosgrave, as a senior party figure and son of the first parliamentary leader of Fine Gael, easily won the leadership. He led his party to defeat in the 1969 election and was under constant threat and challenge by younger more social democratic elements represented by Garret FitzGerald who was elected to the 1969 Dáil. Cosgrave's erstwhile opponent, Declan Costello, had retired in 1969. Cosgrave's fortunes changed in 1970. He played a key role in the Arms Crisis, when, as leader of the opposition, he pressured then Fianna Fáil leader and Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, to take action against senior ministers who were involved in importing arms intended for the Provisional IRA. The information had been leaked to him by the Garda Special Branch, who had already informed the Taoiseach.

Cosgrave's determination to support government anti-terrorist legislation in votes in the Dáil, in the face of outright opposition from his party, almost cost him his leadership. The growing liberal wing in Fine Gael was opposing the Government's stringent laws on civil liberty grounds. Cosgrave put the security of the State and its institutions first. At the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in May 1972, Cosgrave faced down his political opponents in spectacular style. 1972 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Irish Free State and so was an important milestone in the history of Fine Gael. However, the FF government ignored the anniversary while liberals in Fine Gael were plotting to remove Cosgrave as leader. In a speech littered with references to Fine Gael's founding fathers, he contrasted the difficulties posed by the IRA in Northern Ireland with those faced by the first Free State government in dealing with the anti-treatyites. Departing from his script Cosgrave rounded on his leadership rivals. Asking delegates if they did any hunting Cosgrave declared that "... some of these commentators and critics are now like mongrel foxes; they are gone to ground but I'll dig them out, and the pack will chop them when they get them". Despite being criticised for taking a "partionist" or unionist stance in his speech, Cosgrave was leading Fine Gael back into power a year later. Cosgrave supported the Government's Offences Against the State (Amendment) Bill in November 1972, despite the position taken by Fine Gael to oppose the Bill.

Taoiseach (1973–77)[edit]

Cosgrave was determined not to alienate certain wings of his party in choosing his cabinet. The cabinet was described as being the "Government of all talents", including such luminaries as future Taoiseach and writer Garret FitzGerald, former United Nations diplomat Conor Cruise O'Brien, television presenter and veterinary professor Justin Keating and others. Cosgrave balanced these with hardline Christian Democrats such as Richard Burke, a former teacher, Cork merchant prince Peter Barry and west Dublin farmer Mark Clinton.

It has been argued that Cosgrave fell into the category of being a "chairman" rather than a "chief" as far as the day-to-day running of his Government was concerned. He was meticulous in adhering to the implementation of the Fourteen Point Plan on which the National Coalition was elected. Many of his cabinet ministers were greater stars in their own right than he was. To the surprise of many, he appointed Richie Ryan rather than Garret FitzGerald as his Minister for Finance when the Labour Party leader, Brendan Corish, declined the position in 1973. Ryan, a Dublin solicitor, was of typically conservative Fine Gael stock. Nevertheless, Ryan (dubbed "Red Richie" by Fianna Fáil) implemented the Coalition's plans to replace death duties with a range of capital taxes, including Capital Gains Tax and Wealth Tax. Fianna Fáil bitterly opposed these new capital taxes and garnered considerable support from the wealthy and propertied classes as a result that would stand them in good stead in future elections.

The National Coalition had a string of bad luck. It started with the world energy crisis triggered by the Yom Kippur War in October 1973, which caused inflationary problems. It suffered an early electoral defeat in the 1973 presidential election, when Fine Gael candidate Tom O'Higgins was defeated by the Fianna Fáil candidate, Erskine H. Childers, who became President of Ireland.

Contraception[edit]

In December 1973, the Supreme Court declared the ban on the importation of contraceptives by married persons to be unconstitutional. Patrick Cooney, the Minister for Justice, introduced legislation in 1974 to regulate and allow for married couples to obtain contraceptives. Fianna Fáil opposed any liberalisation of the law on family planning and fought the measure in the Dáil on grounds of protection of public morality and health. In line with his conservative credentials, and on a free vote, Cosgrave, without warning, crossed the floor to help defeat his own Government's bill in the summer of 1974.

Clashes with the Presidency[edit]

The presidency dogged the National Coalition. Erskine Childers had sought the presidency with promises of making the office more open and hands-on, in particular with plans to create a think tank within Áras an Uachtaráin to develop an outline for Ireland's future. Cosgrave refused to allow it, and frustrated Childers' plans to break with the restrained precedent of his office.

President Childers died suddenly in November 1974. The replacement agreed with other parties was Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, a former Chief Justice and former Attorney General. Ó Dálaigh was identified with Fianna Fáil.[12][13] Ó Dálaigh was also a noted critic of the curtailment of free speech and was highly critical of the introduction of Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act, which forbade the broadcast of the voices of Sinn Féin members. This put him at odds with Cosgrave, whose government had strengthened the Act. Cosgrave also briefed President Ó Dálaigh only once every six months, which was, in the President's opinion, too infrequently as well as too inadequately, in violation of article 28 (6) (3) of the Constitution.[13][14] In addition, Cosgrave frequently interfered in Ó Dálaigh's constitutional role as the state's representative to foreign governments; he was not permitted to receive the Legion of Honour from France, although former president Seán T. O'Kelly had previously received it, and Cosgrave attended the United States' bicentennial celebrations in 1976 in Ó Dálaigh's place.[15]

Ó Dálaigh's decision in 1976 to exercise his power to refer a bill to the Supreme Court to test its constitutionality brought him into more direct conflict with the National Coalition. The government had introduced the Emergency Powers Bill following the assassination in July of the British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, by the IRA; it had passed the Dáil on 21 September. After consultation with the Council of State, Ó Dálaigh referred the Bill to the Supreme Court two days later. Although the Court ruled that the Bill was constitutional, and Ó Dálaigh subsequently signed the Bill into law on 16 October, an IRA action on the same day in Mountmellick resulted in the death of a member of Garda Michael Clerkin. Cosgrave's government, already infuriated, blamed Ó Dálaigh's delaying enactment of the bill for Clerkin's murder.[15] On 18 October Minister for Defence Paddy Donegan attacked the President for sending the bill to the Supreme Court, calling him a "thundering disgrace".[16]

Cosgrave called to inform the President of Donegan's speech, but refused to meet with him in person to discuss the matter, partly due to his dislike for Ó Dálaigh's Fianna Fail links and perceived pretensions,[13] fuelling the president's anger. He refused to receive Donegan when he came to personally apologise.[17] When Cosgrave then refused to accept Donegan's resignation, this proved the last straw for Ó Dálaigh, who resigned on 22 October 1976 "to protect the dignity and independence of the presidency as an institution."

Northern Ireland[edit]

Cosgrave's Government signed the Sunningdale Agreement that appeared to provide a solution to the Northern Ireland problem in December 1973. A powersharing executive was set up and a Council of Ireland was to be established but it all came crashing down in May 1974 as a consequence of the Ulster Workers' Council Strike. In addition many Republican voters were angered by what they saw as Cosgrave's harsh line on the PIRA and the handling of the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings which resulted in the perpetrators walking scot-free.

Both the Irish Times and the Irish Press, which was then edited by Tim Pat Coogan, were extremely critical of the government's curtailment of freedom of speech and in particular of the Minister of Posts and Telegraphs Conor Cruise O'Brien which was used against the IRA. Tim Pat Coogan declared what he dubbed "editorial war" on the government after a, now notorious, interview between Bernard Nossiter of the Washington Post and O'Brien in August 1976 regarding the passage of the Emergency Powers Bill. During the course of the interview O'Brien stated that he would've liked the bill to be used against teachers who glorified Irish revolutionaries and against newspaper editors who published letters in support of Republicans.[18] The coalition attempted to prosecute The Irish Press for its coverage of the maltreatment of republican prisoners by the Garda "Heavy Gang", with the paper winning the case.[19] Cosgrave was accused of taking an anti-republican or pro-unionist line regarding Northern Ireland.

Economic measures[edit]

The Cosgrave government's tough austerity measures alienated the public (Finance Minister Richie Ryan was nicknamed 'Richie Ruin' on a satirical TV programme, Hall's Pictorial Weekly). Marginal income tax rates came to 77% one year during the Coalition's reign. The electorate had not experienced unemployment and hardship of this nature since the fifties and the Government became quite unpopular. Combined with the Donegan affair and the hard line approach to law and order, the economic difficulties were quite damaging to Cosgrave and Corish's popularity.

Welfare measures[edit]

In the field of social security, a number of important reforms in welfare provision were introduced during Cosgrave's premiership. In 1974, sickness insurance, unemployment insurance, and occupational injuries coverage were extended to all employees, while earnings-related components were added to the basic flat-rate sickness benefit, the basic flat-rate short-term occupational injury benefit, and the basic flat-rate unemployment benefit. That same year, pension insurance was extended to all employees, and a means-tested allowance for the wives of prisoners was introduced.[20]

"Blow-Ins": 1977 election[edit]

In May 1977, Cosgrave addressed a euphoric Fine Gael Ard Fheis on the eve of the general election. He made a strong attack on "blow-ins" who could "blow out or blow up". This was taken to be an attack either on Kader Asmal,[21] founder of the Irish Anti Apartheid Movement and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, or on Bruce Arnold,[21] the English-born political writer in the Irish Independent newspaper who had been vociferously opposed to Cosgrave's policies, particularly regarding the President and the wealth tax. While the Fine Gael grassroots loved it,[22] it backfired politically.[23]

Cosgrave, together with James Tully, the Labour Minister for Local Government had redrawn the constituency boundaries to favour Fine Gael and Labour for the first time (the "Tullymander") and they confidently expected the new boundaries would win for them. Dublin, apart from Dún Laoghaire, was divided into some 13 three seat constituencies where Fine Gael and Labour were to take one seat each reducing Fianna Fáil to a minority rump in the capital. The election campaign started without Cosgrave taking any opinion polls in advance – therefore not knowing that Fianna Fáil were well ahead. (At the time, the media did not take opinion polls as they exist today.)

During the campaign, the National Coalition made up some ground but the Fianna Fáil manifesto of give away promises (no rates, no car tax, and so forth) was far too attractive for the electorate and the National Coalition was heavily defeated, with Fianna Fáil winning an unprecedented massive parliamentary majority. Fianna Fáil won unexpected second seats in many Dublin constituencies, in particular.

In the immediate aftermath, Liam Cosgrave resigned as Fine Gael leader. He was replaced by his former Foreign Minister, Garret FitzGerald. Cosgrave retired at the 1981 general election. Cosgrave can be accused of calling the 1977 election prematurely, as the Irish economy was recovering rapidly in early 1977 and a later election in the autumn or winter of that year might have been more propitious for the National Coalition.

Post-Taoiseach[edit]

In 1981, Cosgrave retired as Dáil Deputy for Dún Laoghaire to be replaced by his son, Liam T. Cosgrave. He reduced his involvement in public life but he made occasional appearances and speeches; in October 2010 he attended the launch of The Reluctant Taoiseach, a book about former Taoiseach John A. Costello written by David McCullagh.[24] He also appeared in public for the Centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016, watching on from a car as the military parade marched through Dublin. On 8 May 2016, in a joint appearance with the grandsons of Eamon Ceannt and Cathal Brugha, he unveiled a plaque commemorating the 1916 Rising at St. James's Hospital, the former site of the South Dublin Union.[25]

He received an annual pension payment of €133,082.[26] He lived in Knocklyon.[27]

Family[edit]

His wife, Vera Cosgrave, died on 15 September 2016, aged 90. His son, Liam T. Cosgrave, was also an Irish politician.

Death[edit]

Cosgrave died on 4 October 2017 at the age of 97 of natural causes.[28] He had been at Tallaght Hospital for several months[29] prior to his death there.[1][2][30]

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said "Liam Cosgrave was someone who devoted his life to public service; a grateful country thanks and honours him for that and for always putting the nation first. Throughout his life he worked to protect and defend the democratic institutions of our State, and showed great courage and determination in doing so. He always believed in peaceful co-operation as the only way of achieving a genuine union between the people on this island, and in the 1970s he celebrated that this country had embarked, in his own words, ‘on a new career of progress and development in the context of Europe’. I had the honour on a few occasions to meet and be in the presence of Liam Cosgrave, and I was always struck by his commanding presence and great humility, which in him were complementary characteristics. "[31] His funeral was held on 7 October 2017, after which he was interred alongside his father at Inchicore's Goldenbridge Cemetery.[32][33]

Government[edit]

The following government was led by Cosgrave:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Corrigan & Sons, Funeral Directors (4 October 2017). "Death Notice of Cosgrave, Liam". Gradam Communications Ltd [IE]. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Sandra Murphy (6 October 2017). "Liam Cosgrave to have 'limited State funeral' as per family's wishes". Extra.ie. Retrieved 7 October 2017. He died in the care of staff at the Wm. Stokes Ward in Tallaght Hospital, and is survived by his children Mary, Liam T. and Ciarán.
  3. ^ http://www.thejournal.ie/liam-cosgrave-funeral-arrangements-3631937-Oct2017/
  4. ^ Gillespie, Gordon (24 September 2009). "The A to Z of the Northern Ireland Conflict". Scarecrow Press – via Google Books.
  5. ^ McHardy, Anne (5 October 2017). "Liam Cosgrave obituary" – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ "Liam Cosgrave tribute: An officer and a gentleman". 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Mr. Liam Cosgrave". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Liam Cosgrave, former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader, dies aged 97". The Irish Times. Dublin. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  9. ^ Dillon, Fiona (25 March 2015). "Gaybo reveals who his inspiration was". Evening Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Liam Cosgrave". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  11. ^ McCullagh, David (2010). The Reluctant Taoiseach: A Biography of John A. Costello. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7171-4646-8.
  12. ^ John Gibney (October 2007). "Review of TG4's Wasted by a sojourn in the Park?". History Ireland. Retrieved 7 October 2017. Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 2007), Reviews, Volume 15 ... Alongside a natural Fine Gael distaste for a Fianna Fáil president, the cultured and cosmopolitan Ó Dálaigh ... John Gibney is an IRCHSS Government of Ireland fellow at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, NUI Galway.
  13. ^ a b c Fanning, Ronan (29 October 2006). "The many resignations of O Dalaigh". The Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 7 October 2017. I would however be failing in my duty if I did not also record here - for history - that since I entered on the Presidency on 19 Dec. 1974, on none of your infrequent visits to Aras an Uachtarain did you, in your conversations with me, say anything to me that could be construed even remotely to amount to keeping the President generally informed on matters of domestic and international policy - a mandatory requirement of your office under the terms of article 28 (6) (3) of the Constitution. ... But the Taoiseach proved as unprepared to call on the President as the President was unprepared to receive the Minister for Defence. Cosgrave's reluctance was in part born of what his government regarded as O Dalaigh's pretensions: to see himself as akin to a third house of parliament. Nor would O Dalaigh's life-long identification with Fianna Fail (a protege of de Valera since his appointment as Irish editor of Irish Press (1931-40) and as a Fianna Fail attorney general (1946-48 and 1951-53) subsequently elevated to the Supreme Court by de Valera's government) have endeared him to so staunchly a Fine Gael taoiseach.
  14. ^ Duffy, Jim (26 November 1998). "Flawed office needs an injection of harmony". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 8 October 2017. President O Dalaigh was treated disgracefully, being briefed once every six months by Liam Cosgrave, "an act of constitutional defiance" in O Dalaigh's view, but there was nothing he could do about it. ...
  15. ^ a b Diarmaid Ferriter (2007). Uachtaráin – Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh (Television production) (in Irish). Dublin: TG4. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  16. ^ Gene Kerrigan, Pat Brennan, This great little nation: the A-Z of Irish scandals & controversies (Gill and Macmillan, 1999) page 287.
  17. ^ Fanning, Ronan (29 October 2006). "The many resignations of O Dalaigh". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  18. ^ The I.R.A. – Tim Pat Coogan pg421-422
  19. ^ Page 380, The troubles: Ireland's ordeal, 1966–1996, and the search for peace By Tim Pat Coogan, Palgrave MacMillan, 2002
  20. ^ Flora, Peter (6 October 1986). "Growth to Limits: The Western European Welfare States Since World War II". Walter de Gruyter – via Google Books.
  21. ^ a b O'Toole, Fintan (4 October 2017). "How Liam Cosgrave embodied the State". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 8 October 2017. or the unnamed “blow-ins” (assumed to be the foreign-born Kadar Asmal and/or Bruce Arnold) he threatened to "blow up".
  22. ^ McGloin, Eugene (8 October 2017). "Liam Cosgrave -- life and duty observed". Sligo Today. Retrieved 8 October 2017. No less funny to his own party but no less menacing to others was a speech by Cosgrave when I sat just yards away at an Árd Fhéis. He was talking about journalists who had the temerity to criticise his government, the Cosgrave and Corish Cabinet with all the talents. The Taoiseach had a message for them; these blow-ins should blow out or blow up.
  23. ^ McCarthy, John Patrick McCarthy (2006). Ireland: A Reference Guide from the Renaissance to the Present. Infobase Publishing. p. 520. ISBN 9780816074730. 1977 - Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave's attack on a journalist as a "blow-in" at Fine Gael party conference backfires politically (May).
  24. ^ "The Reluctant Taoiseach". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. 15 October 2010.
  25. ^ "Plaque unveiled to commemorate sacrifice of Easter Week - Independent.ie".
  26. ^ "RTÉ Investigations Unit - The Cost of Political Pensions".
  27. ^ Sue Murphy (8 December 2015). "Taoiseach Profile: The son of a Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave". Newstalk.com. Retrieved 7 October 2017. The sixth Taoiseach in our series is Liam Cosgrave, the leader of Fine Gael from 1965 and the son of Ireland's first Taoiseach, William T. Cosgrave. ... Cosgrave lives in Knocklyon in Dublin.
  28. ^ "Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave dies at 97". 4 October 2017.
  29. ^ "Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97 - Independent.ie".
  30. ^ Liam Cosgrave, Irish Premier Who Helped End Violence, Dies at 97 - The New York Times
  31. ^ "'A patriot and an absolute gentleman' - Tributes paid to former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave - Independent.ie".
  32. ^ Integrity was hallmark of Liam Cosgrave’s life, mourners told
  33. ^ Funeral held for former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave | Irish Examiner
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Patrick Belton, Snr
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dublin County
19431948
Succeeded by
Moved to new constituency
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown
19481977
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Dún Laoghaire
19771981
Succeeded by
Liam T. Cosgrave
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
Preceded by
Eamonn Kissane
Government Chief Whip
1948–1951
Succeeded by
Donnchadh Ó Briain
New office Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce
1948–1951
Office abolished
Preceded by
Frank Aiken
Minister for External Affairs
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Frank Aiken
Preceded by
Jack Lynch
Taoiseach
1973–1977
Succeeded by
Jack Lynch
Party political offices
Preceded by
James Dillon
Leader of Fine Gael
1965–1977
Succeeded by
Garret FitzGerald
Leader of the Opposition
1965–1973
Succeeded by
Jack Lynch
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Paddy Smith
Father of the Dáil
1977–1981
Succeeded by
Oliver J. Flanagan