Monday 18 December 2017

Noonan grilling overcooked

TO be fair, Finance Minister Michael Noonan tends to always give a response when questioned.

But at the Oireachtas Finance Committee to discuss the upcoming Ecofin meeting, the veteran TD took exception to being grilled about a whole range of broader issues.

Discussion ranged from the controversial topic of bankers' pay, to Ireland's growth predictions, recapitalisation of the banks and the level of debt surrender by Bank of Ireland.

He simply had enough.

"It's unreasonable to ask me to be held accountable for everything across my department when I've been invited in to discuss the Ecofin agenda," he complained.

"It's not that I'm reluctant to do so. But I'm hesitant in case I give you inaccurate information speaking from memory when I haven't briefed myself on the issues that are now being raised and I don't have accompanying documentation."

Fair point.

Irish Independent

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