Ethos of 'country before self' even as cancer took its toll
As well as battling his illness, Lenihan was battling Cowen over Ireland's future, writes Daniel McConnell
By February 2010 Brian Lenihan had already become a familiar figure to the oncology staff at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin.
They had become used to him, the tall, dark haired and handsome man who constantly asked: "Will we be much longer? I have a meeting back in my office in 20 minutes."
Anxious doctors and nurses gently tried to persuade him that he must stay -- that his health was the most important thing.