Noonan's bout of foot in mouth
The potential next Minister for Finance is playing a dangerous game with his extravagant rhetoric, writes John-Paul McCarthy
Fine Gael's political calculations continue to vex observers as the party prepares for the imminent General Election.
Michael Noonan chose to frame his critique of Brian Lenihan's last budget in lurid nationalist rhetoric worthy of Gerry Adams in his Louth campaign.
He called the Government a "puppet government" during his Dail contribution, conjuring up the image of a cabinet full of Quislings and Petains.