How Noonan converted a reluctant Greek leader
Thank God for Michael Noonan. Thank God for a Minister for Finance who acts with good authority.
That's the mental prayer I said for the Irish Minister for Finance last Monday as I watched TV pictures of the former Greek Minister for Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, speeding off into the sunset on his motorbike.
Perched behind him on the pillion seat was his wealthy wife Danae Stratou, heiress to the Peiraiki Patraiki textile works - which went bankrupt, leaving her family still with the loot.