Wednesday 7 December 2016

Daniel McConnell: Noonan owes a debt to warrior Brian

The Finance Minister adopted the policy of austerity begun by his predecessor

Published 20/10/2013 | 05:00

STERLING EFFORTS: The late Brian Lenihan tried to put some order on the public finances. Photo: David Conachy
STERLING EFFORTS: The late Brian Lenihan tried to put some order on the public finances. Photo: David Conachy

MICHAEL Noonan will be able to, with some legitimacy, say in December that he was the Finance Minister to lead Ireland out of the Troika bailout.

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But this would ignore the efforts of his predecessor Brian Lenihan.

On taking office in March 2011, despite all of his party's promises during the general election and those even wilder promises by the Labour Party, Noonan as Finance Minister immediately rejected all of those in favour of adopting Lenihan's four-year plan.

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