Daniel McConnell: Noonan owes a debt to warrior Brian
The Finance Minister adopted the policy of austerity begun by his predecessor
MICHAEL Noonan will be able to, with some legitimacy, say in December that he was the Finance Minister to lead Ireland out of the Troika bailout.
But this would ignore the efforts of his predecessor Brian Lenihan.
On taking office in March 2011, despite all of his party's promises during the general election and those even wilder promises by the Labour Party, Noonan as Finance Minister immediately rejected all of those in favour of adopting Lenihan's four-year plan.