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Two old pros play the punters to a tee

Michael Noonan and Pat Rabbitte showed Eamonn Coghlan how politics works, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 18/05/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael Noonan said something truly stupid last week and Pat Rabbitte said something really clever. And athletics legend Eamonn Coghlan – well, Eamonn – how do we put this without being cruel? Eamonn, in his own way, did us a service. While the behaviour of both Noonan and Rabbitte diminished us, Eamonn's behaviour – oh, God – is there any way of discussing Eamonn's behaviour without abandoning all sense of sympathy for a fellow human?

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Let's put it this way – Eamonn's behaviour added to the collective awareness of our political realities. How's that for tact and compassion?

All three are politicians. Noonan isn't stupid and Rabbitte isn't as clever as he thinks he is. But they're in election mode. Which means they say whatever they think will benefit their party.

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