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Reaction to Brian Lenihan's death

Former Irish finance minister Brian Lenihan, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer, has died at the age of 52.

Mr Lenihan, who came from a famous political family, had been tipped as a future leader of his Fianna Fail party.

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY

"Brian Lenihan was exemplary in the carrying out of his public duties.

"He continued a long line of representation for Ireland in public life by both his father (Brian) and grandfather (Patrick) and his family in general.

"He exemplified a great sense of humanity in the public representation he gave."

FIANNA FAIL LEADER MICHEAL MARTIN

"Brian has fought a brave and courageous battle with a serious illness over the past 18 months.

"In all of this time, Brian never once flinched from his public duties and he showed an unceasing and untiring commitment to tackling the economic crisis facing this country."

MARY O'ROURKE, FORMER TD, SENATOR AND MR LENIHAN'S AUNT

"He always worked for his country and he worked for the best of Ireland and I suppose in the end what anybody in public life would wish to do, and that's what he did.

"I just feel my life has almost ended, I really do."

NORTHERN IRELAND FIRST MINISTER PETER ROBINSON

"He was a good friend to Northern Ireland.

"He never sought any concession for his illness, he came and did a full day's work and more."

DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER MARTIN MCGUINNESS

"He was not just a good politician, he was a very affable person, someone who was very inclusive and someone who was a character in his own right.

"We are not just losing a very experienced politician, someone who made a massive contribution to life on this island, but we have also lost a very dear friend."

FORMER TAOISEACH BERTIE AHERN

"He was a politician of outstanding capabilities and compassion who was colourful and extraordinarily clever.

"He did immense work on behalf of the people of this country as a minister and his loss is a huge one for Irish politics."

IRISH PRESIDENT MARY MCALEESE

"As minister for finance, Brian had to confront challenges, the scale and gravity of which were unprecedented in the history of the state.

"Despite his illness, he faced up to those challenges with extraordinary but characteristic dignity, courage and good humour.

"Brian's death is an enormous loss to public life in Ireland."

EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER OLLI REHN

"Brian displayed great personal courage, strength and dedication to the public good, during a period of exceptional economic challenge in the life of Ireland and Europe.

"In placing his duty to the nation above his personal difficulties, Brian Lenihan has provided us with an outstanding example of public service."

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