Lise Hand: Noonan wields a slash-hook, but it looks as if Paddy is taking up a shovel
EMPEROR Noonan is skint. He can give the plebeians no bread (boo!). But he can make it cheaper for us to go to the circus (hurrah!).
During the election campaign in February, neither Enda Kenny nor Eamon Gilmore could open their respective traps without the word "jobs" tumbling out.
It was "jobs" this, and "jobs" that, and upon joining together in holy coalition the pair solemnly swore to introduce a Jobs Budget before their first 100 days in office were up, in an attempt to make some class of a dent in the frightful figure of 440,000 unemployed citizens.