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Three of minister's children are abroad

APART from an emotional interview about his wife's illness, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has rarely spoken publicly about his family.

However, when speaking about emigration this week, he revealed that three of his five children -- who all grew up in the Limerick city suburb of Dooradoyle -- work abroad.

It was for a choice of lifestyle and what they wanted to do with their lives, and there are a lot of families like that, Mr Noonan said.

He said none of the trio could be described as emigrants in the traditional sense.

While her father tries to improve the fortunes of the country's financial industries, his eldest daughter Orla (41) is a highly successful investment banker based in Paris. Ms Noonan has been an independent director of Iliad SA since 2009 and is a member of the company's audit committee.

She has also acted as director and corporate secretary of the AB Group since 1999 and oversees financial and regulatory affairs. She is a graduate of Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Trinity College in Dublin.

Mr Noonan's eldest son, Tim, who is also understood to be a university graduate -- is based in the US, where he has worked in the computer industry.

Michael Jnr (26), the youngest of the children, works in London as a chef.

Just one son, John, has remained in Limerick, where he works as a secondary school teacher in a private school, Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle. Daughter Deirdre lives in Dublin and was by her father's side when he was canvassing for the last election.

Irish Independent