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Members from all parties paid tribute on 13 June 2011 to the Irish politician Brian Lenihan, who died on 10 June 2011 at the age of 52.

The former Fianna Fail minister had been fighting pancreatic cancer since December 2009.

He continued with his role as finance minister despite his illness, and was responsible for signing the Irish bail-out deal with the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank.

The SDLP's Pats McGlone led the condolences to Mr Lenihan's family, friends and colleagues, for the "sad and untimely death of a person who had yet so much to offer".

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson paid tribute to Mr Lenihan's warmth and praised the "refreshing attitude" he brought to relations between the finance departments of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed his and the First Minister's sadness at learning of the death of a man he described as " a first class politician ...and very decent human being".

In expressing his sympathy on behalf of the Green Party, Steven Agnew said that thoughts should be with not only the family of Brian Lenihan but with all those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

TUV leader Jim Allister led tributes from assembly marking the birthday of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, who was 90 on 10 June 2011.

In particular, he paid tribute to the positive influence on participants of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

The UUP's Danny Kinahan used his tribute to "remind everyone that the monarchy is there for everyone ...and it is vital to our countries' systems".

In their tributes, the DUP's Arlene Foster and Alliance's Trevor Lunn recounted examples of the duke's famous sense of humour.

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