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Former Irish PM Dies at 85

The Republic of Ireland's late Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Dr. Garret FitzGerald, left, shakes the hand of Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after signing the Anglo-Irish agreement at Hillsborough House, near Belfast, Northern Ireland (File

Former Irish Prime Minister Garret Fitzgerald has died in Dublin at the age of 85.

Fitzgerald served twice as prime minister. He is credited with organizing the framework for peace in Northern Ireland while improving Irish-British relations.

He also served as Ireland's foreign minister before retiring from politics in 1992.

Fitzgerald died one day after Britain's Queen Elizabeth during a visit to Dublin offered her deep sympathy to all those who have suffered as a consequence of Ireland and Britain's troubled past.