Noonan's high-risk crowd pleaser
Michael Noonan is not old in the business of politics without good reason. Over 40-plus years in the cauldron that is Limerick politics, his rivals had reason to grudgingly acknowledge his sense of timing.
So how does his old-style "on yer bike and get a job" message in Kilkenny last night measure up? Well, on the plus side, the Finance Minister was speaking to a "home audience," to the good burghers at the Chamber of Commerce, at least some of whom would be receptive to such a message.
We must also remember that this is an old-style Fine Gael message, delivered in part to local activists who Mr Noonan and his colleagues are trying to encourage to pound the by-election beat for their candidate, Cllr David Fitzgerald.