Wednesday 18 October 2017

Noonan 'expects all-clear within weeks' after eye surgery

Michael Noonan with a black eye. Photo: Reuters
Michael Noonan with a black eye. Photo: Reuters
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (left) talks to Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos as they stand next to Michael Noonan during a EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has revealed he saw a surgeon earlier today following his eye issue, and he hopes to be signed off as fully fit within weeks.

Speaking this morning, Mr Noonan said he met with surgeon Tim Fulcher who said that his eye is "fully-recovered" after surgery, and the swelling will go down in time.

The finance minister said he will meet the surgeon again in six-to-eight weeks when he expects to be signed off as "fully fit".

Mr Noonan underwent eye surgery at the weekend leaving him with swelling and a large bruise around his left eye.

The Department of Finance declined to answer questions about the health of the minister as he attended a meeting of EU finance ministers.

But an eagle-eyed doctor spotted a problem a week ago when he saw TV footage of Mr Noonan attending another EU ministers meeting in Brussels.

Dr James Gray, an A&E consultant in Tallaght Hospital, sent a message on Twitter to Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

After seeing Mr Noonan on the RTÉ 'Nine O'Clock News', Dr Gray diagnosed he had a unilateral exopthalmus or proptosis, otherwise known as bulging of the eye.

"Is he aware of it do you know?" Dr Gray asked Mr Varadkar.

It is not clear if Dr Gray's diagnosis was brought to Mr Noonan's attention or if the Finance Minister was already due to undergo his procedure this weekend.

The eye operation is the second surgery the minister has had in the past year.

A spokesman for Mr Noonan declined to say whether the latest treatment was in any way linked to treatment he received last year for a cancerous lump on his arm.

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