Friday 18 August 2017

Sam Smyth: Politicians soldiered on despite crippling illnesses

Sam Smyth

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.

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