Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lenihan as man and as minister

I disagree with most of the criticisms directed at Dr Florence Craven following the remarks she made after the announcement by TV3 that Brian Lenihan had been diagnosed with cancer.

It was wrong for a TV station to announce the diagnosis before Mr Lenihan had the opportunity to reveal it. Any decent person would feel compassion for Mr Lenihan, and his family, but in these times especially it is right to separate the attitude adopted towards Mr Lenihan, the human being, from the attitude towards Mr Lenihan, the politician.

Dr Craven suggested that Mr Lenihan was one of those who forced through legislation that was an intrusion that "hurt us all". Most of the people responsible for our predicament were not hurt. It is right to point out that this legislation caused pain to some of the most vulnerable people in the country.

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