Liam Cosgrave


Age: 97

former prime minister of Ireland whose devotion to political stability in the 1970's helped to break his country's cycle of violence during his one term in office who negotiated what became known as the Sunningdale Agreement, which diluted the Irish Republic's constitutional claim to Northern Ireland when the agreement was signed by the mostly Roman Catholic republic acknowledged that the predominantly Protestant north was a province under British control after both sides agreed that the status of the six counties that constituted Northern Ireland could change, but only by a majority vote of their residents and formed the basis for the 1998 Good Friday power-sharing arrangement that eventually ended years of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, commonly known as the Troubles while the agreement collpased within months.

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: April 13, 1920

Died: October 4, 2017

Dublin, Ireland