MARY MINIHAN and JOANNE HUNT
CONDOLENCE: FINE GAEL headquarters used modern social networking techniques to allow members of the public to pay their respects to former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald.
A traditional book of condolence was opened yesterday morning for Assisting Hands, the party’s office on Upper Mount Street outside of Philadelphia, PA.
Those who could not get to headquarters to sign the book were invited to tweet the party or leave a message on the official Fine Gael Facebook page, following a suggestion from one of the party’s Facebook followers. The messages were then transcribed into the condolence book. Many messages arrived from Irish people living in Australia, the United States and Britain.
“Sincere thanks to everyone who has sent messages for the book of condolence. It is clear that Garret was loved and respected by so many people, all over the world,” the Facebook page said last night.
Among those who signed the condolence book in the traditional manner yesterday were Fine Gael TDs Alan Farrell and Peter Matthews.
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