Friday 15 December 2017

'As you see I'm imitating Johnny Sexton' - Michael Noonan lands in Brussels following eye surgery

Finance Minister Michael Noonan
Finance Minister Michael Noonan

David Kearns

Another Irish man was battered and bruised when he met the French this week as Finance Minister Michael Noonan was sporting quite the shiner as he arrived in Brussels.

“As you see I'm imitating Johnny Sexton,” laughed Mr Noonan as he was questioned about his black eye while in the Belgium capital.

He is in Brussels to meet with Eurozone finance ministers on how to deal with Greece's debt problem.

A number of Euro group members, including Ireland, Spain and Finland are anxious that Greece repay in full the debt it received as part of its €240 billion bailout.

Read More: Finance Minister Michael Noonan 'pessimistic' a solution can be found for Greece

A spokesperson for the Finance Department told that Minister Noonan’s black eye was caused by “minor surgery on Friday”.

“The Minister had a procedure in on his eye over the weekend. The procedure has caused some minimal swelling and irritation," the spokesperson said.

"The procedure has had no effect on his participation in meetings today and tomorrow in Brussels with his fellow Finance Ministers”.

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