Opinion Lise Hand

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Michael and Alan try to make a go of things again after coming through rocky patch

Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Finance Minister Michael Noonan speaking to the media at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Finance Minister Michael Noonan speaking to the media at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

'I hope it works," ventured Michael Noonan bravely. Well, of course, he knows it will take more than hope to make it work. It'll require patience to rebuild trust, compassion and understanding for someone facing an uncertain future - and to really make a go of things, it can't be simply one-way traffic of all take and no give.

But if he and Alan Kelly persevere, there's every chance that they can salvage their relationship.

Without doubt it's been a rocky few months for the pair. A bit of a domestic has been rumbling on between the Departments of Finance and Environment over the thorny issue of sorting out a housing package to provide some degree of rent certainty to the legions of anxious tenants facing rent hikes.

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