Former Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan has said the current Government may be remembered as one of the most successful administrations for its handling of the pandemic.
The former TD was presented with an honorary doctorate at the University of Limerick yesterday.
Asked about the present Government’s handing the pandemic, he said: “If they can put Covid behind them with the very successful vaccination programme, I think they’ll go down as one of the really successful administrations.
“These are very tough times, and in different manifestations, the Government has had a very hard two years. But overall, they have done well – they get tripped up occasionally on the small things – but they have done particularly well on the big things.”
He said his successor as Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, had rung him to congratulate him on his doctorate. “He told me he’d be down for lunch next week and we’ll go over old times, and we’ll criticise those that need to be criticised and we’ll celebrate those that need to be celebrated.”