10/06/11

Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has paid tribute to Brian Lenihan TD.

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Brian Lenihan. His passing is a loss to Ireland and a loss to west Dublin. I want to offer my sincere sympathies to his wife, children and family”.

“Over the years I got to know Brian through attending public meetings and encountering him on the campaign trail in Dublin West. He was always unfailingly courteous and engaging. While he could disagree with you very strongly in the course of a debate, he was always able to separate the politics from the individual, and never engaged in personal attacks”.

“While Brian was Minister for Justice, I worked with him on behalf of the Green Party in the drafting of the Civil Partnership Bill. Throughout, he was very clear that a modern country needed to provide same-sex couples with the ability to recognise their relationships. During his time as Minister, it was obvious that this piece of legislation was a priority for him and it now forms part of his legacy”.

“Like everyone else in the country, I was deeply impressed with the courage he displayed in battling his illness. Even during the depths of the economic crisis, he devoted himself to his role as Minister for Finance, when others would have retreated from public life”.

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Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

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