Thursday 21 September 2017

Brian Lenihan leaves €368,290 in his will

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has left €368,290 in his will, which went to Probate in Dublin last week.

Mr Lenihan, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer, drew up a simple one-page will on the June 2, 2011, eight days before he died.

He left everything to his wife Patricia Ryan, a judge of the Circuit Court.

Mr Lenihan, a barrister by profession, was Minister for Finance during the most turbulent financial period since the history of the State.

He was disgnosed with pancreatic cancer and his condition was dramatically announced on TV3 on St Stephen's Day, 2010.

Mr Lenihan vowed to carry on as Minister for Finance throughout the banking crisis. He was at the centre of events when the bank guarantee was negotiated in Government Buildings in the early hours of of September 29, 2008.

He was the only Fianna Fail candidate in Dublin to retain his seat in the last general election and had put himself forward as party leader in succession to Brian Cowen, but lost to Micheal Martin.

Mr Lenihan bore his illness with great humour and fortitude and even selected his own grave in Kilsallaghan in north County Dublin in the weeks before his death on the June 10, 2011.

Mr Lenihan left a gross estate valued at €402,762 and a net estate of €368,290.

In his will he instructed that after all his "just" debts and funeral expenses were settled he wanted to "leave all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate of which I die possessed of to my wife, Patricia Ryan, for her absolute use and benefit."

Mr Lenihan came from one of Ireland's great political dynasties -- his father Brian Lenihan Snr was Tanaiste under Charles Haughey, his grandfather Paddy was a TD, his aunt Mary O'Rourke held various ministerial positions and his brother Conor was a junior minister in the last government.

Sunday Independent

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