Brian Lenihan 1959-2011 Photocall Ireland
Brian Lenihan

Former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has died

The former Minister for Finance died in the early hours of this morning.

THE FORMER MINISTER for Finance Brian Lenihan has died.

He died in the early hours of this morning. He was 52. A full statement is expected at 11am this morning.

Sources close to the Dublin West TD confirmed to, that Lenihan – who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer – died peacefully at his home in west Dublin with his family by his side.

Lenihan had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for the past 18 months but had continued to work as a TD and as Minister for Finance in the last government. He played a key role in negotiating the EU/IMF bailout last November.

He had previously served as the Minister for Justice and as the Minister for Children in previous Fianna Fáil administrations.

Since exiting government in March he had continued to act as Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson.

He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother, his three brothers and a sister.

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