14 March-Liam Cosgrave

Liam Cosgrave was an Irish statesman who served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland from 1973 to 1977. He was the son of W T Cosgrave who served as first President of the Executive Council (Taoiseach) of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1932.

Liam Cosgrave was born William Michael Cosgrave in Dublin in 1920. Having qualified as a barrister he decided to enter politics. He was elected to Dáil Éireann in the general election of 1943 and served as a Teachta Dála (TD) until 1981. He served in various cabinet positions during his career. As Minister for External Affairs he oversaw Ireland’s successful entry into the United Nations.

During his time as Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave was the primary negotiator of the Sunningdale agreement. The agreement established the Belfast power-sharing executive in 1974. It was the forerunner of the Anglo-Irish agreement and paved the way for the Belfast agreement in 1998. . Cosgrave’s time in Government coincided with the world energy crisis and a period of great economic difficulty in Ireland.

Liam Cosgrave was elected Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland in the year 1973 On This Day.

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Liam Cosgrave 17th March 1976

White House Photographic Office

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