Rabbitte has no fear of looking his grandchildren in the eye
The Labour minister is confident that the debt deal will benefit this and future generations
In a face-to-face interview on Friday afternoon, Pat Rabbitte seemed annoyed at a suggestion that the promissory note deal will do no more than heap debt on future generations. Half-way through the interview, however, the dictaphone broke down, wiping what had been recorded and thousands of hours of other recorded material.
Through circumstance, it was not possible to conduct a face-to-face interview again, so the Sunday Independent sent questions by email to the minister and he sent his replies by email that night.
The questions and answers were broadly similar to what had been recorded and deleted earlier. The email interview was conducted without recourse to follow-up questions.