Friday 9 December 2016

Noonan likens Fianna Fail to Iraq's Comical Ali

Published 23/01/2016 | 12:56

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D.
The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D.

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has likened Fianna Fail to Comical Ali - Saddam Hussien’s propaganda minister who insisted Iraq was winning the war against the US as their army tanks rolled into Baghdad.

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In a statement ahead of his speech at the Fine Gael ard fheis, Mr Noonan attacked Fianna Fail’s claim that it was their policies that led to the economic recovery.

“Fianna Fáil claim that they are responsible for the recovery. This claim reminds me of Comical Ali in Bagdad claiming victory while the American tanks rolled in behind him,” he said.

Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf became a figure of ridicule during the US invasion due to his wild claims during press briefings as Saddam Hussien’s army was being defeated.

Mr Noonan said the economic recovery is “fragile” but insisted Fine Gael’s “long term economic plan” will keep the recovery going.

“The plan has three steps – more and better jobs, making work pay and sensible investments in public services,” he said.

“The first step is to create more job opportunities spread across the country. This is why the Fine Gael manifesto will commit to more measures to support business, including sectoral growth strategies, doubling to 31,000 the number of apprenticeships, an additional €42 billion in infrastructural investments and the protection of the 12.5% Corporation Tax,” he added.

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