Monday 5 December 2016

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

Published 03/05/2015 | 02:30

Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan

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.

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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.

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