Friday 2 December 2016

Shane Ross: Play the bankruptcy card

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

Sometimes it pays to be bankrupt. Ireland is no longer the darling of Europe's leaders. Indeed our new masters want to test the mettle of our Taoiseach and his Cabinet.

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Portly European Commissioner Jose Emmanuel Barroso took time off to greet Enda Kenny. French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave him a grilling. ECB boss Jean- Claude Trichet made space in his diary for a meeting with Finance Minister Michael Noonan. European Commissioner Olli Rehn made himself available and promptly gave Michael a dressing down. The IMF's AJ Chopra and his co-lenders from Europe suddenly jetted in to talks with Noonan and his Labour colleague Brendan Howlin.

Quite a flurry, with plenty of unwanted attention for dazzled ministers in their first week.

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