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Thursday 22 March 2018

Alarm over austerity fails to keep Nodding Noonan awake

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

UH-OH -- it looks as if the Taoiseach isn't the only member of the Government who has fallen victim to the Sandman lately.

A fatigued Finance Minister Michael Noonan was snapped having what appears to be a quick doze at the National Commemor-ation Day ceremony yester-day -- after a series of wide yawns, he seemed to grab a refreshing 40 winks.

But unlike Enda, whose power nap happened in a warm, windowless room at an event in Dun Laoghaire in April, Nodding Noonan managed to squeeze in a siesta in the pouring rain in the courtyard of Collins Barracks, surrounded by various members of the judiciary, Army and Council of State.

But sure who could blame Michael for catching up on a bit of shut-eye? In the past few weeks he's been at EU summits in Luxembourg; he's monitored Ireland's first toe-dip back into the markets with the sale of €500m in bonds; he's been involved in the launch of the Personal Insolvency Bill alongside the Justice Minister; he's put the boot into the credibility of our banks; and he's haggled €100m out of the European Investment Bank to build schools.

And he's off on his travels again today, as he heads to Brussels for a meeting of the eurozone finance ministers as the never-ending battle to save the common currency rages on.

No wonder he's weary. One suspects that the summer break can't come soon enough for the flagging foot soldiers of Enda's army.

Irish Independent

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