Following the death of former prime minister of Ireland Garret Fitzgerald on 19 May, the Embassy of Ireland in Rome will open a book of condolence for those who wish to leave a message of sympathy, on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 May from 10.00-12.00 and from 14.30-16.00.

As the leader of Fine Gael, Dr FitzGerald served as Taoiseach of Ireland on two occasions, from 1981-1982, and from 1982-1987. During his second term of office he signed what many consider to be his greatest legacy - the Anglo Irish Agreement in 1985, when the Irish and British governments agreed that a change in the constitutional status of Northern Ireland could only happen if a majority wanted it.

As a politician FitzGerald often seemed to be ahead of his time; he is remembered for championing many liberal causes as well as being a strong advocate for European integration.

Considering his tireless efforts over many decades to achieve peace between the communities on the island of Ireland, it is fitting that he lived long enough to see the historic first visit to the republic of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

FitzGerald will receive a full state funeral in his native Dublin on 22 May.

Embassy of Ireland, Piazza di Campitelli 3