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Lenihan story deserves new chapter

When it comes to talent and leadership the Finance Minister has few equals, writes Brendan O'Connor

Published 30/01/2011 | 05:00

Before we rush headlong into this brave new world, with this election that is going to fix everything, and this new leader of Fianna Fail that's going to make a whole new party of it, let us pause for a moment to consider what just happened.

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Because it all happened very quickly, and in our haste to move onto the next phase of our lives, when everything is going to be OK, we should not skip over what just happened.

Someone mentioned to me the other day that he saw Brian Lenihan on TV after the result of the Fianna Fail leadership contest and he thought, "That's a man who is slipping off into the mists of history". And it was kind of sad, and you found yourself thinking, as you did with Katy French, or Gerry Ryan or George Lee: Is that how that story turned out? Is that how that ended? And, just as importantly, you wonder why it ended like this for a man who today's Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll still shows to be one of the most popular politicians in the country -- despite only one in 25 people being satisfied with the Government of which he was a member.

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