Tuesday 6 December 2016

Budget buddies: 'Batman' Noonan love bombs sidekick 'Robin' McGrath

Is the minister putting in the ground work for a grand coalition, or targeting FF's left of centre vote

Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30

Double act: Michael McGrath, FF finance spokesman, and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have forged an unusual political relationship lately
Double act: Michael McGrath, FF finance spokesman, and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have forged an unusual political relationship lately

Michael McGrath looked very uncomfortable on RTE's Prime Time on Wednesday night. He clasped his hands awkwardly and winced as Michael Noonan told the audience no one should be surprised that the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael finance chiefs got on so famously during Budget negotiations.

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Sure, aren't they both from centrist parties with similar policy objectives, Noonan said.

McGrath piped up to say there is a "certain amount of truth" to what Noonan was saying but insisted "it wasn't the whole picture".

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