Shane Ross: Taoiseach in all but name
BRIAN Lenihan was born to be Taoiseach. No, nothing to do with his pedigree. Lineage once gave you a leg up in Irish politics, but no more.
Of course, the finance minister is blessed with tribal bonds unequalled in Fianna Fail. Of course, his father Brian senior and grandfather Paddy were party icons. Of course, his aunt Mary O'Rourke is a priceless ally in Leinster House. And of course, his brother, Conor, is a minister of state.
Young Brian inherited a political birthright. His path to the Dail's backbenches was a doddle.