Tuesday 25 July 2017

Maurice Gueret: Minister faces up to challenge of cancer news

Michael Noonan acted decisively to quell any speculation on his health

TREATMENT: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan after he spoke to the media about his surgery. Photo: Tom Burke
TREATMENT: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan after he spoke to the media about his surgery. Photo: Tom Burke

Maurice Gueret

I have been musing on Ireland's unique place amongst the nations of Europe – our great little country that levies taxes like Sweden and delivers the public services of Albania in return.

Little did I know that the man who sets our tariffs, and whom we all hope will conduct a neat excision of tax rates next winter, would himself become the medical news story of the month.

In February last, the Finance Minister takes a shower and finds a lump in the vicinity of his right shoulder.

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