Lenihan is a politician of real substance
I was as opposed as anyone to Finance Minister Brian Lenihan's approach to bailing out the banks by overpaying for their toxic loans. But that opposition never extended to questioning his integrity or dedication.
In fact, I had to acknowledge somewhat ruefully that there wasn't much in the way of alternative talent available for his position, particularly after the failure of the Green Party to stand up for their principles and oppose the NAMA legislation.
His decision to carry on in the face of his illness confirms his stature as one of the few people of real substance in Irish political life, a situation sadly emphasised also by the passing of Justin Keating. Let us hope Mr Lenihan makes a full recovery as quickly as possible.