Monday 19 March 2018

Kenny 'kept informed' about the health of Finance Minister at all times

Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan, in Castlebar

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he has been kept informed at all times about the health of Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

Mr Kenny today described Mr Noonan as a “really solid anchor” who has brought both trust and respect to the finance portfolio.

Concern has been raised over Mr Noonan’s health this week after he appeared with a black eye at a summit in Brussels.

The Limerick TD said he sustained the black eye during a surgical procedure. He has previously spoken about being diagnosed with skin cancer.

Read more: Noonan 'expects all-clear within weeks' after eye surgery

Speaking to reporters at today’s Fine Gael conference in Castlebar, the Taoiseach said he has spoken to Mr Noonan about his health.

Michael Noonan. Photo: Reuters
Michael Noonan. Photo: Reuters

“He has kept me informed of all times of the progress and the recovery he is making in respect of his health,” he said.

“I am very happy with Michael Noonan. He has been a really solid anchor to this government and particularly in bringing both respect and trust in his handling of the finance portfolio. And it’s very important that people appreciate the slow, steady and measurable progress that has been made,” he added.

Separately, Mr Kenny was asked about his recent ‘Primetime’ interview with Miriam O’Callaghan. It was put to him that his performance was “below par”.

Mr Kenny likened his performance to a game of football, adding: “Some games you play very good and some games you don’t.”

Earlier, Mr Noonan praised the hospital consultant who diagnosed his eye condition after seeing the politician interviewed on television.Mr Noonan said “well done” to Tallaght Hospital consultant Dr James Gray who tried to contact him when he noticed a growth on the minister’s eye.

Dr Gray contacted Health Minister Leo Varadkar on Twitter after seeing an interview with Mr Noonan on RTE Nine O’Clock News.

The consultant diagnosed Mr Noonan with either an unilateral exopthalmus or proptosis, also known as bulging of the eye.

Read more: Consultant tried to contact Michael Noonan after seeing eye problem on TV

Speaking on RTE Radio One Mr Noonan said the condition had been diagnosed before Mr Grey tried to contact him.

He expects to be "fully fit" in six-to-eight week.

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