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Garrett Fitzgerald
1926 -

Irish politican, leader of the Fine Gael party and Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland for most of 1981-1987. Fitzgerald was formerly minister of foreign affairs, a professor of political economy and an Irish Times columnist. He was a key architect, with Margaret Thatcher, of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985. Author of All in a Life: An Autobiography.

[Reviewing a public policy proposal] I can see that it works in practice, but does it work in theory?

quoted by former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten in testimony to the British Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, March 1, 2001