Sunday 22 January 2017

Noonan's tour de force pulled the Banking Inquiry's teeth

Shane Ross

Published 13/09/2015 | 02:30

Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan

The worst wine was kept till last. The Banking Inquiry hit rock bottom. On Thursday afternoon it was Finance Minister Michael Noonan's turn for a grilling. In reality, his appearance as a witness was teed up as a lap of honour for the Fine Gael elder statesman . And so it proved. A political triumph for the minister made a mockery of the entire exercise.

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Spare a thought for Kieran O'Donnell, possibly the best performer of all the TDs at the inquiry. No one was better equipped than Kieran to put the minister through his paces.

He is a qualified chartered accountant, articulate, calm but persistent. He is more familiar with finance than the minister himself. Indeed, if he had been on the other side of the heave against Enda in 2010, he might have been sitting in Michael's seat today. On Thursday afternoon, Kieran suffered from one severe handicap. He is from Limerick.

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