James Downey: Noonan and Burton said they'd share our pain but all they did was tinker
THE Government has lost the confidence of the people, and nothing appears on the horizon to suggest that it has any medium-term hope of regaining it.
This loss of confidence did not begin with the fury and dismay engendered by the Budget. It began, in a way, even before the voters put Fine Gael and Labour into power with a record Dail majority 21 months ago.
You may remember the stricken faces of Michael Noonan and Joan Burton as they emerged from the Department of Finance after the briefings they received before taking office.