Varadkar pays tribute to Collins’ ‘remarkable legacy’

Monday, Aug 15, 2022

DUBLIN: Ireland’s deputy leader Leo Varadkar has paid tribute to the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins, at the 100th annual commemoration of Collins and Arthur Griffith at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

“The entire life of Michael Collins was a profile in courage,” the Fine Gael leader said at Collins’ grave.

“He had the courage to fight the British empire despite overwhelming odds, and to force it to the negotiating table.

“He had the courage to risk his reputation and his life by working to secure peace, and then persuade the majority of people in the Dail and in the country to support it.

“Most importantly, he had the courage to believe in his fellow countrymen and women, he had faith in the future, and he trusted what future generations would be able to achieve.

“That is a remarkable legacy and one that continues to motivate and inspire us today.”

The commemoration is one of the longest in the history of the state – the Collins/Griffith Commemoration Society has organised the annual event at the gravesides of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith since 1923.