Personal Statement by Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill on the death of former Minister Brian Lenihan

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my colleague Brian Lenihan


Brian has fought a brave and courageous battle with a serious illness over the past eighteen months. During the time of his illness Brian continued to perform his Public Duties showing his commitment to tackling the Countries Economic crisis and his commitment in doing his utmost for the Irish people.

Brian Lenihan was an absolutely outstanding public representative of this generation. He has a formidable intellect and was a gifted communicator.

He served first as Minister of State for Children and Brian was a conscientious and compassionate Children’s Minister and he brought forward a number of fresh and valuable policies relating to child protection, childcare and youth justice.

In June 2007, Brian Lenihan was appointed Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and from there Brian was appointed the Minister for Finance in May 2008 and faced events at a scale and pace of magnitude that no other Irish Minister has ever previously had to contend. Brian did an outstanding job in extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

Brian’s untimely death robs this country of a hugely talented politician and someone who had so much more to give.

I wish to extend my sympathies to Brian’s wife Patricia, his son Tom, Daughter Claire, his mother Ann Lenihan, his brothers, Conor, Niall & Paul, his sister Anita and his aunt Mary O Rourke.

Ar dheis de go raibh a anam

Posted: Jun 10, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized