Bright boy Lenihan leapfrogs to the top

Few doubt the political calibre and sheer ‘brainpower’ of the new Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan, but the meteoric rise of the bright boy in the class to the top of the pecking order after 11 months as a senior minister has raised eyebrows.

10th May, 2008

Few doubt the political calibre and sheer ‘brainpower’ of the new Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan, but the meteoric rise of the bright boy in the class to the top of the pecking order after 11 months as a senior minister has raised eyebrows.

Even backbenchers with hopes for Lenihan as a future party leader were predicting a more modest career path: a promotion to tánaiste to allow him a little more time injustice,...

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