Funeral of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 10, 2017
 
On Saturday 7 October 2017, H E Ambassador Leonard Sacco joined the Dean and other members of the diplomatic corps in Dublin to attend the Funeral Mass for former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham. Mr Cosgrave died last Wednesday.
 
Mr Cosgrave 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, and 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. 
 
Cosgrave's Government signed the Sunningdale Agreement in an attempt to solve the Northern Ireland problem in December 1973. As Minister for External Affairs, Mr Cosgrave presided over Ireland’s admission to the United Nations in 1955.
 
Mr Cosgrave was the son of W. T. Cosgrave, the first President of the Executive Council in the newly formed Irish Free State.
 
Ambassador Sacco also signed the condolences book on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Malta.