Bid to impeach Brian Lenihan's son as head of Trinity's Students Union fails
THE son of the late Minister Brian Lenihan has avoided being thrown out of his job as Students' Union President at Trinity College.
Tom Lenihan (22), faced an impeachment referendum after it emerged that he had cheated in his third year exams last May.
More than 2700 students voted over the last three days with the motion to remove Mr Lenihan defeated by 604 votes.
The Business and Law student apologised to university authorities and has admitted that he made "a huge mistake" by cheating.
However, during the campaign to stay in office he insisted that that the controversy "doesn't affect" his job as Students' Union President.
Last night Mr Lenihan said he was "very happy" with the result adding "I am eager to get back into my role as President and to continue with the hard work that my team and I have been doing so far."
He thanked his friends for being "extremely supportive" during the referendum campaign.
In recent months Mr Lenihan has bravely spoken publically about how he has suffered from depression since his teenage years and how he was going through a tough time when he cheated in the exam.
He has also spoken movingly about he found father's battle with cancer particularly difficult.
Mr Lenihan was made re-sit the exam as part of disciplinary proceedings and passed.