Friday, 10 June 2011

Brian Lenihan, former Irish finance minister, dies at 52

Brian Lenihan dies
Brian Lenihan, the former Irish finance minister, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer

Ireland finance minister during the country's fiscal crisis, Brian Lenihan, has died of pancreatic cancer, it was announced on Friday.
Lenihan was returned as Dublin TD for the Republic's main opposition party, Fianna Fáil, which sustained historic losses in the Irish general election last February.
During his time as finance minister, the 52-year-old agreed the 100% bank guarantee and signed the bail-out deal with the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank.
He was a member of a political dynasty: his father, Brian, his brother, Conor, and his aunt, Mary O'Rourke, all served in Irish governments.
Lenihan had been fighting cancer since December 2009. He had undergone intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
He had also served as minister for justice and as the minister for children in previous Fianna Fáil administrations.
Since Fianna Fáil left government in March, he had continued to act as Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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