Sunday 18 March 2018

Noonan discovered his cancer while taking a shower

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has said he is very confident he can continue in office, despite being treated for cancer.

He said he discovered his cancerous lump while taking a shower back in February.

"I was running my hands over and found the lump and I said I better get that checked," he told reporters this morning.

He said he informed the Taoiseach of his diagnosis and said he never considered stepping down.

"I kept the Taoiseach informed, a line here or there as to the prognosis, but we didn't an in-depth conversation. But I kept him informed," he said.

Mr Noonan said he has been taking it easy over the weekend since being released from hospital and was warned by his doctors not to overdo it.

He said he is still taking some pain relieving medication but that he is in reasonably good form,

As Taoisech Enda Kenny is out of the country on a trade mission to the United States, Mr Noonan wil take Leaders' Questions and the Order of Business in the Dail later today.

Mr Noonan also confirmed that thousands of discretionary medical card holders who have had those cards removed look set to have them returned.

He said the minister for health will bring proposals to Cabinet in the coming weeks in order to see some of those withdrawn cards returned.

The Cabinet discussed the matter at length yesterday and further detailed talks are likely in the coming days, but a Government spokesman said that the €130 million projected saving which will now not be realised, will be found from the existing health budget.

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