Fionnan Sheahan: Rehn sets down a marker for future political leaders
Olli Rehn spoke softly -- in fluent English -- but he carries a big stick. The European Commissioner offered the reassurance of Europe's support in repairing the public finances and reducing the deficit.
Past experience has shown Ireland doesn't take too kindly to fellahs coming over from Brussels telling us what to do. The European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs was hardly brimming with optimism, even if he did round off with a note of hope that it will eventually get better.
"I am told by an Irish friend of mine that the Irish version is: 'The darkest hour is just before the dawn'," he said.