Tribute to
political figures

A minute’s silence was held for the Late Brian Lenihan and the Late Dr Garret FitzGerald at this week’s meeting of Tullamore Area Committee.

A minute’s silence was held for the Late Brian Lenihan and the Late Dr Garret FitzGerald at this week’s meeting of Tullamore Area Committee.

Cllr Tommy McKeigue led tributes to the Late Brian Lenihan who was laid to rest yesterday (Tuesday).

“He contributed to politics in a big way,” he said adding that he had faced challenges ‘which was not an easy task at the time’.

Cllr Sinead Dooley described him as “a true gentleman” while Cllr Danny Owens said he was not only a great loss to the party ‘but to politics and life in general’.

“He was a very young man, the same age as myself. What would he his contribution been had he lived another twenty or thirty years?”

Cllr Dervill Dolan said it showed what high regard he was held in when the Fine Gael members mentioned him and not Garret FitzGerald, to which he was told tributes had been paid and a minute’s silence observed for Dr FitzGerald at last month’s Tullamore Town Council meeting.

“Garret FitzGerald was a man in politics for the right reasons. The same could be said of Brian Lenihan. He was a man of good principles. He tried to do what was best for the greater good,” said Cllr Dolan.

Cllr Owens said both men were people of very high intellect. “They were big losses in general,” he said.

Cllr Buckley than proposed a minute’s silence be observed.

Meanwhile former Taoiseach Brian Cowen expressed his sympathy to Mr Lenihan’s wife Patricia, his son Tom, his daughter Claire, his mother, Mrs Anne Lenihan, his brothers, Paul, Niall and Conor, his sister Anita, and his aunt Mary O’Rourke and other family members.

“Brian Lenihan was a good colleague and friend of mine for many years. I knew him to be a man of ability and intelligence who was totally committed to public service. We served together in the Dáil, in the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party and the Government for many years. I worked closely with him especially in the period I was Taoiseach and Brian was Minister for Finance,” said Mr Cowen.

He said Mr Lehihan had sought to serve the best interests of this country at all time.

“At the Cabinet table, I saw at first-hand how hard he worked and how committed he was to doing his utmost for Ireland. “He made an immense contribution to dealing with the problems the country has faced and I believe that this will be appreciated all the more in time. His commitment and application to his duties never faltered at any time.

“He had political courage but he also had huge personal fortitude as well particularly during the period of his recent illness.

“He will be remembered fondly, with great affection and with respect by all who knew him,” concluded Mr Cowen.