Books of condolences for the late Brian Lenihan have been signed by thousands of people around the country.
A book was opened this morning in Government Buildings and another at his birthplace in Athlone today.
Almost 10,000 people have expressed their sympathies since the 52 year old lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on Friday morning. A book of condolence was opened on Saturday at his constituency office at a shopping centre in Castleknock and people queued throughout the day to pay their respects.
The Civic Offices in Athlone town have a book the public can sign until Friday of this week, and Fianna Fail have an online book of condolences on their website where people can post private messages.
Over 21,000 people have ‘liked’ a Facebook page set up to pay tribute to the deputy leader of Fianna Fail. One of the thousands of tributes paid reading: “You made your family proud and especially your father.” Another person wrote: “A brave man in illness and a very impressive politician with a great mind.”
The book of condolence at Government buildings was requested by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and will remain open until 9 pm tonight.
The former Finance Minster is to be taken from Jennings funeral home in Blanchardstown village this evening for his removal to St Mochta’s church in Porterstown at 6 pm, before a funeral mass in the morning at 11 am.
A massive crowd is expected in the morning to the small church and two marquees are being erected to accommodate the mourners, with shuttle busses ferrying mourners from retail car parks near by. He will be buried at St David’s church graveyard in Kilsallaghan. Dail ushers are expected to form a guard of honour for the funeral cortege. The father of two is said to have spent time in recent weeks choosing music and readings for his funeral.