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News in Brief-Daly Kicks Up A Storm As Obama-Mania Takes Over

Clare-DalyThe O’Bamas were here this week enjoying a trip to Glendalough and a portion of chips with Bono. Hasn’t all been Guinness and skittles though. Clare Daly’s been a bit mean about the Presidential family visit and the G8. Daly asked: “Is the US President seeking hypocrite of the century award?” Er, pot, kettle Clare, before branding him “Mr War Criminal” not the most original nickname. Continue reading

Brian Lenihan 1959-2011 R.I.P

Fianna Fáil deputy leader and former finance minister Brian Lenihan has died aged 52.

Mr Lenihan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2009 and passed away in the early hours of the morning at his home in west Dublin.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, their two children, his mother, and three brothers and one sister.

The Lenihan name  has always been attached to the Fianna Fáil banner. His father, Brian senior, was a leading figure in the party for many years, while his grandfather, aunt and brother were also Fianna Fáil TDs.

The barrister turned politician was elected to the Dáil in 1996 for Dublin West in the by-election caused by the death of his father.

He was recognised as a talented TD, but promotion came slowly under Bertie Ahern’s leadership.After a spells as  Minister for Children and Minister for Justice, it would be under Brian Cowen`s tenrue that he would become prominent. Cowen appointed Lenihan as Minister for Finance, a role that would greatly shape the future of Ireland, a country now riddled with economic depression.

After a tense night of meetings in Government Buildings in September 2008, the Government guaranteed €400bn of loans and deposits for Irish financial institutions.

Later, NAMA was set up to absorb property loans, most banks were effectively nationalised, and a series of tough budgets were introduced, cutting spending and raising taxes.

Despite his illness he continued with his job,unsuccessfully contesting the Fianna Fáil leadership after Brian Cowen’s resignation.He was the only Fianna Fáil TD elected in Dublin in February’s General Election.

Since then, he became deputy leader of the struggling party under Micheàl Martin but in recent weeks his health again deteriorated.

Martin has paid a glowing tribute to Lenihan, admitting the lost has left a wave of grief hanging over his party.

‘Brian has fought a brave and courageous battle with a serious illness over the past 18 months,’ he said.

‘In all of this time, Brian never once flinched from his public duties and he showed an unceasing and untiring commitment to tackling the economic crisis facing this country.

‘Even when receiving debilitating treatment, Brian continued to work assiduously in the best interests of this country.

Brian Lenihan 1959-2011 Ar Dhèis Go Raibh an T-anam.