Moran dreams of Kermit, Gandhi
IT wasn't quite the speech we all expected from the most senior civil servant in the Department of Finance.
Even Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, who was chairing the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) conference at which Secretary General John Moran was speaking, seemed to be impressed with the speech, describing him as "open and fun".
She quipped that some of Mr Moran's predecessors might have been appalled to have been given such a label.
Mr Moran, who was appointed in March, gave a wide-ranging speech on the need for everyone to think differently about how we can achieve growth and kickstart the economy.
It was short on specifics, but it was very rousing indeed.
He even rounded it off with a black and white video, compiled by the computer giant Apple, showing images of inspirational figures from history like Gandhi, Churchill, Martin Luther King and, erm, Kermit the Frog (with Jim Henson in character), accompanied by a voiceover telling us how they are the ones who see things differently.
One of the lines in the video states that these figures are "not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo".
Are we seeing a shift in policy in the Depart ment of Finance?