Wednesday 16 January 2019

Browne attack on Lenihan

BROADCASTER Vincent Browne has sharply criticised Brian Lenihan's performance as Minister for Finance -- just a day after the TD was buried.

The political commentator said Mr Lenihan (52) had a "mistaken" view of citizenship.

He also accused the popular Dublin West politician of protecting financial institutions ahead of the "welfare of ordinary people".

While describing him as "generous", "funny" and "courageous", the TV3 presenter wrote: "The problem with Brian Lenihan was his politics."

He added: "Yes, of course, he did what he believed was in the best interests of the country, it was how he perceived the best interests of the country to be that, in my opinion, was the problem."

Mr Browne wrote in today's Irish Times that the former minister was "adamant" that citizenship "required everyone to share in the pain".

"I think he thought that solidarity required this," he wrote.

"It was an interesting view of citizenship but, I think, a mistaken one," he insisted.

The opinion piece was published a day after hundreds turned out for Mr Lenihan's funeral at St Mochta's Church in Porterstown yesterday, following his death from cancer on Friday.

The Fianna Fail giant and father-of-two was laid to rest in the 19th Century St David's church cemetery in Kilsallaghan, west Dublin, in a private ceremony.


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