Sam Smyth: Politicians soldiered on despite crippling illnesses
Published 05/01/2010 | 05:00
BRIAN Lenihan was a real chip off the old block yesterday when he spoke so positively and purposefully about working through treatment for his cancer.
His namesake and late father suffered a life-threatening illness when he was Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister, yet he battled on to fight a presidential election the following year.
After he was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1988, Brian Lenihan Snr had a transplant and remained as Foreign Affairs Minister until a general election the following year.