Thursday 14 December 2017

Lenihan unmoved by 'medical advice'


Finance Minister Brian Lenihan last night refused to be drawn on comments by Fine Gael senator Liam Twomey -- who said he should resign because of his ongoing battle with cancer.

Dr Twomey also criticised the decision to ask Mr Lenihan to address the Michael Collins commemoration at Beal na mBlath on August 22.

Mr Lenihan's spokesman said that the minister wouldn't be drawn on such personal comments and he is enjoying his holiday and preparing for his address, which is his only public engagement in August. The speech is not being prepared by his departmental staff as it is not a governmental address.

Mr Lenihan is personally drafting his address along with his special adviser Cathy Herbert and is keen to ensure he strikes the right note as the first ever Fianna Fail finance minister to give the address.

Dr Twomey, who is also a medical practitioner, said: "If I was his doctor, I would recommend that he step aside from his job.

"People are avoiding the issue (of Mr Lenihan's health), but I think there is nothing wrong on my commenting on his public role."

Sunday Independent

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