Saturday 3 December 2016

'Dear Leader' Enda is facing stark choices in political game of thrones

Michael Noonan's illness will remind the Taoiseach how exposed he would be without him, says John Drennan

Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan pictured at Government Buildings
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan pictured at Government Buildings
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaking about his illness at Government Buildings during the week

We were not quite in Murder in the Cathedral territory last week, but as the slow-acting toxins of election 2014 continue to seep into the bodies of the main political parties, it was a damn close-run thing.

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In the whispering corridors, fear, loathing and its more sensual sister – ambition, abound to such an extent no one in the Cabinet is safe, except Michael Noonan and 'Dear Leader' Enda.

The mood is unlikely to change too swiftly either, for the death-throes – apologies – contest to lead Labour will strip the Government of any impetus to action for another month.

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