What Michael Noonan doesn't realise: it's not just about the economy, stupid
The Finance Minister may have come to believe his own hype but he has let inequality threaten economic recovery, writes Jody Corcoran
Poor Michael Noonan - last year, his budget was forgotten in the welter of controversy to do with Alan Shatter; this year, his Spring Statement has been overshadowed by the fallout from his liquidation of the bank that broke the country.
And the man presented as a living legend in his own lifetime, for implementing a programme of austerity that Fine Gael vowed it would not implement, is not happy.
Noonan is that old-fashioned politician, convinced the public can be won over by a faded rhetoric - it's the economy, stupid.