Mary O'Rourke on her nephew Brian Lenihan's death: 'People were inclined to heap the whole economic disaster upon him and I had to learn to live with that'
Mary O'Rourke's journey into the past is a sometimes dark, painful one. But it is a journey nonetheless lit up like a lantern by the love she felt for those she lost along the way. The 80-year-old former Deputy Leader of Fianna Fail can remember her last conversation with "young Brian", as she calls her nephew, the late Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan. It was near the end of May, 2011. She was in the kitchen in Athlone boiling the kettle one morning when the phone went.