I’m sorry to hear that Brian Lenihan has pancreatic cancer. Whatever the failings of his political party, he seems to be a perfectly decent individual, and I thought it was wrong of TV3 to force his hand by revealing such private information about him before he even had a chance to gather his family around him.
There was no public interest to be served by what TV3 did. It was simple gutter journalism at the expense of a family going through a personal trauma that’s neither my business nor yours, nor that of anyone else.
What was so urgent about this information that TV3 couldn’t allow Brian Lenihan to be with his family as they absorbed the shock of the appalling news and started coming to terms with it? This is the holiday season and I can see no reason why Lenihan should not have had the opportunity to make his own announcements in whatever way he saw fit without being invaded in this way.
Crass. Brainless. Cynical.
UPDATE 4th January 2009
Lenihan issued a statement announcing that he intends to remain in office while at the same time receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy.