Kevin Rafter: A new book that aims to rehabilitate Brian Lenihan falls short of its target

I first met Brian Lenihan on a wet Sunday morning outside a church in Ballyfermot in 1996.

12th October, 2014
No amount of revisionism of recent political history can fully absolve Lenihan from association with, and responsibility for, the collapse of the Irish economy.

I first met Brian Lenihan on a wet Sunday morning outside a church in Ballyfermot in 1996, during the Dublin West by-election. I was a relatively new reporter with RTE. Lenihan was a first-time candidate hoping to win the seat vacated by the death of his father, Brian senior. As we recorded a short interview, the nervous candidate stopped and started his answers but, as was his nature, he was impeccably apologetic as he did so.

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