Noonan will be left with the job of telling Kenny it is time to go
They are former enemies but the Taoiseach and the Finance Minister now have a shared interest in survival
On February 15, 2001 - the day after St Valentine's Day - at around 1.45pm, Enda Kenny listened carefully to a voicemail on his phone asking him to attend a meeting with the newly elected Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan.
A week earlier, Noonan secured a landslide victory over Kenny to replace John Bruton as leader of Fine Gael. It had been a nasty campaign and there was no love lost between the two seasoned politicians.
Noonan's camp tried to paint an image of Kenny as a happy-go-lucky political lightweight who wasn't up to the job and suggested his leadership would essentially be an extension of the Bruton regime.