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John Drennan: Europe needs Ireland as much as we need EU allies

Now that the UK is our friend, our European 'partners' need to learn the lessons of history, says John Drennan

Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00

Michael Noonan's taciturn profile has, after those much-loved pre-election song and dance routines, come as a disappointment to some.

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Ironically, the absence of noise may not actually be bad; for like all the best of those old-fashioned bank managers, finance ministers, if they wish to avoid trouble, shouldn't speak unless there is a purpose to it.

In fairness, Mr Noonan did finally locate his inner bark at last week's EU Council meeting where he noted the current penal rates of interest being charged as part of the 'bailout' were threatening rather than enhancing the stability of the eurozone.

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