Thursday 21 September 2017

Daniel McConnell: Mystery man eyes date with history

Even those who claim to be close to Michael Noonan say they know little about him. Daniel McConnell examines the enigmatic veteran

STATESMAN: Michael Noonan at a North South Ministerial meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson
STATESMAN: Michael Noonan at a North South Ministerial meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Just who is Michael Noonan? Given he has been a dominant personality in Irish politics for over 30 years, it may seem a silly question. Yet, even those who would claim to be close to him say they know very little about him.

"You would talk to him, but it's him always asking the questions. He never gives anything away about himself. He is desperate that way," said one of his colleagues.

Aged 70, he currently holds the most important ministry in government. Following years in the political wilderness, since the sad death of his wife in 2012 he has become a 24/7 politician, totally immersed in Leinster House life.

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