Monday 20 January 2020

Lenihan now viewed as the star performer

Fionnan Sheahan

FINANCE Minister Brian Lenihan has substantially turned the public view of his performance around in the past year.

But Brian Cowen and Mary Coughlan's ratings remain pretty much as bad as at this time in 2009, an Irish Independent /Millward Brown Lansdowne poll reveals.

Whether it's down to December's Budget or backing for him in his battle with illness, 53pc of those polled are satisfied with Mr Lenihan, compared to just 21pc a year ago.

The Finance Minister's dissatisfaction rating has dropped from 72pc in February 2009 to 43pc now.

By contrast, the Taoiseach and Tanaiste are still languishing in the polls.

Just 22pc are satisfied with Mr Cowen -- a rise of only 1pc over the year. The number of dissatisfieds remains the same at 72pc.

Ms Coughlan's satisfaction rating is unchanged at 23pc, but her dissatisfaction rating has actually risen by 3pc to 67pc.

A year ago, the appointment of Mr Lenihan and Ms Coughlan appeared to have backfired on the Taoiseach as all three were regarded as underperforming.

Since then, however, Mr Lenihan has produced a barnstorming performance.

He followed the NAMA 'bad-bank' legislation with Budget 2010, when he was seen to be suitably sceptical about a deal being struck with public sector unions over unpaid leave.

He was widely regarded as the best performer in the Government in 2009.

In January, he got huge support after it emerged that he had cancer.

Irish Independent

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