Tuesday 6 December 2016

Lenihan should just get over himself and his bruised ego

The former Finance Minister is not doing himself any favours by lashing out at others, writes Celia Larkin

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

"Anyone can become angry, that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way -- that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy." -- Aristotle

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POOR old Brian Lenihan. He just can't get over it. Beaten into third place in the Fianna Fail leadership battle having been, as he thought, the darling of the party. Oh, what a battering his ego must have taken on that fateful day in January when Micheal Martin became leader.

But since Brian Lenihan has always had a public persona as an equable, pleasant, philosophical man who puts the party first and doesn't take things personally, it could have been assumed that he was over the leadership defeat. Not so, it seems. It would appear that not getting to the top of a much reduced Fianna Fail party continues to rankle with him. Why else is he lashing out at Brian Cowen and still trying to justify his actions on the leadership issue in the dying days of the last Government?

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