Tuesday 6 December 2016

Fightback begins with Noonan's 'hard elbow'

Finance Minister has had a good first 100 days, but he'll need a lot more if we're to recover, says Daniel McConnell

Published 19/06/2011 | 05:00

"I want the IMF/ECB out of here. We are a talented, educated accomplished people, well capable of running our own affairs. In times of great crisis, we tend to look to the heroes of the past for inspiration. In the words of Michael Collins: 'give us the future, we have had enough of the past. Give us back our country, to live in, to grow in, to love.'" -- Michael Noonan, November 2010 Dail Eireann

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Fans of the American political drama The West Wing will be familiar with the phrase 'throwing an elbow'. In season 3, White House chief of staff Leo McGarry, tired of being kicked around by his own party and by the republican opposition, told his deputy Josh Lyman how to take control of the agenda.

"Bill Russell was getting eaten alive because they could never get him to throw an elbow. He didn't want to do it. So, Red Auerbach told him to do it one time. 'Throw an elbow in a nationally televised game. You'll never have to do it again.'"

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