Friday 20 October 2017

Not perfect, but all Brian was left with were bad options

Brian Lenihan
Brian Lenihan
Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch

When Brian Lenihan Jnr was Minister for Finance and battling cancer, he often chewed garlic in order to stop himself from falling asleep.

Perhaps it was also to keep the economic vampires at bay. In the last interview he gave before his death, he famously summed up his time in Government with the words: "It was like being at the gates of hell."

Lenihan (below) has been in his grave for barely four years. Already, however, the debate over his historical legacy has split into two camps.

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