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Lenihan's family pay tribute to 'great man'

THE family of the late Brian Lenihan will this week remember "the man who meant so much" on the first anniversary of his tragic death.

The former Finance Minister's West Dublin branch is to hold a Mass on Friday which is expected to be attended by a number of high-profile party members.

Mr Lenihan died on June 10 last following a lengthy and brave battle with cancer.

The Herald understands that his older brother Conor - who is working in Russia - will fly home to attend Friday's service.

Members of Mr Lenihan's West Dublin branch have organised the Mass to be held at the Laurel Lodge church in Castleknock, close to his constituency office.

Speaking to the Herald today, Brian Lenihan's aunt and former minister Mary O'Rourke said the family was this week remembering "the man who meant so much".

"We are all attending the Mass on Friday. A big group will head down from Westmeath and everyone who might have known Brian is more than welcome to attend.

"Conor is expected to come over from Russia. I've been talking to him a great deal and he's getting on really well."

She added: "It's unreal to think Brian has been gone for a year. While we are celebrating his life, we will also be remembering the man who meant so much to us. We miss him dearly. He was a great man."

The Dublin West TD had been battling with pancreatic cancer for more than a year as he attempted to steer the Irish economy through recession.

Ms O'Rourke did not wish to comment on remarks made by Brian in a book published this week by former Green party senator Dan Boyle.

Mr Boyle was critical of Brian Lenihan and his handling of the pension package given to the likes of former Irish Nationwide boss Michael Fingleton.