Wednesday 22 November 2017

Finance Minister's work 'not affected by cancer treatment'

Brian Lenihan today insisted his work as Finance Minister was not being affected by his cancer treatment.

Three months since he first discussed plans to treat and remove cancerous tissue from his pancreas, the minister said his medical care was proceeding satisfactorily.

When Mr Lenihan first publicly talked about his illness in January he said he would not give further updates unless his condition worsened and forced his early retirement from office.

"I can assure you there's no such deterioration," Mr Lenihan said.

"I'm on a robust programme of treatment and it's proceeding satisfactorily, but I'm not in a position to make a public statement on the prognosis."

Mr Lenihan told RTE Radio the course of treatment, which he previously said would include aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, has not interfered with his work at the head of the Department of Finance.

"I can say it has gone well to date and that certainly I've been in a position to perform my duties in the last three months since I received the diagnosis and started the treatment," he said.

"It has not obstructed me in performing my constitutional duties. I've attended in the house to the question time on every occasion that has arisen.

"I've also participated in parliamentary debates and media discussions about the economy and banking and other subjects and will continue to do so."

Late last December tests revealed Mr Lenihan was suffering from a blockage at the entrance to his pancreas and cancerous tissue had been identified.

Since treatment began Mr Lenihan has cut back heavily on public engagements but continued to attend the Dail and joined Taoiseach Brian Cowen for major Government events.

Press Association

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