Lazarus-like return makes Noonan odds-on for Finance job
Politics is a funny business. Anyone observing the career of Michael Noonan post his disastrous stints as Minister for Health and leader of Fine Gael would have bet money on him never finding himself in good odour with the public again.
But Noonan was the hero of General Election 2011. He was the king of the soundbite and the must-see clip on the six o'clock news to hear his latest take on the IMF bailout. It's been a Lazarus-like comeback.
Now he seems to be the natural choice for our next Minister for Finance -- the most important job in the Cabinet for the next five years. It was a campaign that lacked any defining moment, but one that came sort of close was his utter derision of Labour's negative ad on the dangers to the middle classes of Fine Gael putting €1 on to a bottle of wine.