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Alison O'Connor

Published 11/06/2011 | 05:00

Brian Lenihan on one of his last visits to the Dail back in March
Brian Lenihan on one of his last visits to the Dail back in March

WHEN he first ran for the Dail there was no photo of the aspiring politician on his campaign posters, just the candidate's name: Brian Lenihan.

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Of course there was a huge name recognition factor. The poster immediately brought to mind the late Brian -- at one time one of the best-known people in the country -- which is exactly what Fianna Fail wanted. His eldest son was running as the party's candidate in the Dublin West by-election, a contest that had been a result of his father's death.

In fact, at that time the former minister's son was known by the Irish pronunciation of his name, Briain. But he won that by-election and from then on was known publicly as Brian.

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