Tuesday 6 December 2016

Lenihan need only fear too much gratitude from public

Published 21/08/2010 | 05:00

Brian Lenihan is already an odds-on bet for Irish Politician of the Year when they hand out the gongs in late December. According to opinion polls and the anecdotal evidence, he is the politician -- in all of the political parties -- who is the most popular and respected by the public.

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Even if the Government he serves falls from office before 2011, he will still be held in high regard. And maybe the greatest career danger facing the Finance Minister is succumbing to gratitude sickness.

His position is in marked contrast to the Taoiseach, who attracts an equal but opposite intensity of feeling. If Brian Cowen rescued orphans from a burning building and personally brokered peace in the Middle East, the public would probably blame him for something else.

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