‘See if you can help this young fella’

‘See if you can help this young fella’
Former Fine Gael Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave speaking at the Fine Gael 50th Anniversary in 1983 Pic: RollingNews.ie

As president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), I first met Liam Cosgrave in February 1973

One of Liam Cosgrave’s last public appearances – and he had few of them since retiring from public life – was as guest of honour at an event organised by the ESB at Ardnacrusha. I was present as energy minister, and the event was to commemorate the hugely ambitious hydroelectric project known as the Shannon Scheme which opened in 1929.

The Shannon Scheme, announced in Dáil Eireann in April 1925 by WT Cosgrave, was one of the...

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