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Saturday 18 August 2018

Conor encouraged to run for Brian's vacant Dail seat

CONOR Lenihan is being urged to run in the by-election for the seat held by his brother Brian.

Supporters of the Lenihan family are hopeful that Conor will take up the mantle in the wake of Brian's sad passing.

They say that it would be acceptable for the former junior minister to make the short move from his Dublin South West constituency to Dublin West.

Conor lost his seat in the February election but would still be Fianna Fail's best chance of retaining their single Dublin seat.



Queued

As extra books of condolence were opened at Government Buildings and Athlone, the Lenihan family were preparing to say a final farewell to the 52-year-old.

Since Mr Lenihan lost his cancer battle on Friday thousands of constituents have queued outside his constituency office in Castleknock.

At least 9,000 expressed their sympathies over the weekend.

Today Brian's remains lay in repose in Jennings funeral home in Blanchardstown ahead of his removal to St Mochta's Church in Porterstown.

His funeral tomorrow morning is expected to be attended by so many people that two marquees will be erected and a televised link-up will be made from the small church.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am, followed by private burial at St David's church graveyard in Kilsallaghan. The Department of the Taoiseach's protocol staff are assisting with arrangements, and a book of condolence was opened at Government Buildings on Merrion Street at 9am this morning.

Another book was opened at 10am in the civic offices in Athlone, where the Lenihans lived before moving to Dublin.

And Fianna Fail has opened an online book of condolence.

Preparations were under way at St Mochta's Church today for the funeral. There will be three spill-over areas in the grounds of the church to accommodate the large crowd expected to attend.

Shuttle buses are expected to operate from nearby car parks.

Mr Lenihan's remains will be brought to the church at 6pm this evening.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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