Saturday 25 February 2017

Not exactly the low-key week the minister was expecting

John Downing

John Downing

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan

So much for a low-key political week at Leinster House with neither Opposition TDs nor senators about the place to cause problems for the Government.

By 8.20pm last night, the Government were announcing a new Commission of Inquiry, fending off allegations of misleading the Dáil, and also trying to explain that a lost set of documents was largely technical and coincidental.

It is not exactly where you want to be when every politician in and around Leinster House is thinking about the upcoming general election.

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