Friday 21 July 2017

Lenihan taking it in his stride

WHEN Brian Lenihan spoke openly and frankly about his health yesterday, the nation listened as attentively as it does to any of his pronouncements on the state of the economy. Admiration for his fortitude and courage is universal, and thoroughly deserved.

Characteristically, he struck an optimistic note. He said that he feels well and strong, in other words not drained by the daunting demands of his job as Finance Minister. His cancer has "stabilised" and treatment has been suspended.

His listeners, filled with sympathy and affection, would have been happier with something more conclusive, but they will have taken comfort from the assurances that he gave them.

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