1930 – Fianna Fail Politician and Minister Brian Lenihan.

Brian Lenihan Sr. is born in Dundalk. Lenihan was a hugely popular Fianna Fail politician who served as Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Justice. An extremely likeable character, Lenihan was famous for defending the indefensible whenever Fianna Fail was in trouble which some would suggest meant he was kept quite busy. Lenihan was once described by the acerbic John Kelly of Fine Gael as “like a lighthouse in the Bog of Allen: brilliant but useless”. He was defeated by Mary Robinson in the election for President of Ireland in 1990.

Lenihan’s son Brian followed in his father’s footsteps and served in government in a number of ministerial roles including Minister for Finance between 2008-2011.

Photo: Brian Lenihan embraced by Charlie Haughey

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