It somehow seems inappropriate not to respectfully mention the death of former Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan who died earlier today at the age of 52 after a 2-year battle with cancer. There are better places than here to comment or pay tribute to the man, for example at irisheconomy.ie. Whilst Brian Lenihan and his policies will have had critics in life, understandably there have been many tributes paid today; this from the governor of the Central Bank ofIreland, Patrick Honohan,
“Brian Lenihan was a strong and energetic Minister for Finance who acted patriotically to stabilise the state’s finances in the face of unprecedented pressures. His quick intellect and grasp of constitutional detail made it a pleasure to conduct professional dealings with him. His death is a major loss to public life in Ireland.”
Last August 2010, then-Minister Lenihan became the first Fianna Fail politician to deliver the Michael Collins commemoration speech at Beal na mBlath. The speech is poignant for the many similarities between Brian Lenihan and Michael Collins, both being finance ministers and both sharing many personal and public qualities And on this day, I think many will wonder, as Brian Lenihan did of Michael Collins last year, if premature death has robbed us of future greatness.
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