Ethos of 'country before self' even as cancer took its toll
As well as battling his illness, Lenihan was battling Cowen over Ireland's future, writes Daniel McConnell
Published 23/10/2011 | 05:00
By February 2010 Brian Lenihan had already become a familiar figure to the oncology staff at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin.
They had become used to him, the tall, dark haired and handsome man who constantly asked: "Will we be much longer? I have a meeting back in my office in 20 minutes."
Anxious doctors and nurses gently tried to persuade him that he must stay -- that his health was the most important thing.