Archbishop in tribute to courage of Brian Lenihan
The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin has added his tribute to the late Brian Lenihan, the former Irish minister of finance, who died last week.
The Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson paid tribute to "the courage of someone who battled gracefully and faithfully with cancer".
"He did so while neglecting none of his arduous and complex political duties," he said.
The Archbishop, who until recently was Bishop of Clogher, said that Brian Lenihan combined service and selflessness with "tremendous civic energy and instinct for leadership.
"His immense contribution to Irish life will be appreciated fully only in retrospect."
His funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 11am, followed by a private burial at St David's church graveyard in Kilsallaghan, Dublin.
The Department of the Taoiseach's protocol unit are assisting with the arrangements. At Taoiseach Enda Kenny's request, a book of condolence will be opened at Government Buildings on Merrion Street today from 9am until 6pm.
The church will have two marquees erected in the grounds and the nearby community hall will be showing a televised screening of the service.