Saturday 25 November 2017

Lenihan's fortitude in the face of catastrophe should inspire us all

His courage and dedication saw him play an active role in politics until the very end, writes Shane Timmons

BRIAN Lenihan, who died aged 52 on June 10, 2011, was the last serving Fianna Fail politician of the Lenihan dynasty whose brief career in law was followed by more than a decade in politics that saw him at the helm as Minister for Finance as the Irish economy collapsed and he had to bring in what he called "the harshest budget in the history of the State".

Born on May 21, 1959, to Anne and Brian Lenihan Snr, Brian Joseph Lenihan was one of seven children born into the Lenihan political dynasty. His father was a minister in various Fianna Fail governments, the party presidential candidate and was sacked by his close friend and political ally Charles Haughey during the presidential campaign.

A class prefect at Belvedere College, Brian Jnr, who was known in the family by his Gaelic name, Briain, graduated in law from both Trinity College and Cambridge University before being called to the Irish Bar in 1984.

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