With the recent revelation that Brian Lenihan, Irish Finance Minister, is suffering from Pancreatic Cancer, here is a brief synopsis of the man.

Born into a political dynasty and given a privileged education. Called to bar in early 80’s. Moved into politics in mid 90’s after successfully contesting Dublin seat in bi-election caused by the death of his father. Moved into cabinet in ’02 and rose up to Finance Minister in ’08.

No great scandals other than his patronage over the Irish Economy pre and throughout recession and a refuted story pertaining to him turning up in the middle of the night at a prominent economist’s house looking dishevelled whilst grasping a copy of Greenspan’s bio and a clove of garlic. The Irish press had a field day over this. Read the rest of this entry »