Lise Hand: Michael to tackle our banjaxed banks with masterplan
IT was such a stark sentence, made all the more stark for its deadpan deliverance without fanfare, preamble or high emotion.
Michael Noonan stood up, looked straight across the chamber and pronounced judgement. "Tuesday, 30th September, 2008 will go down in history as the blackest day in Ireland since the Civil War broke out," he stated flatly.
He added that this was the day when what he dubbed the "infamous" blanket bank guarantee was extended to the Irish banks, including Anglo, but really the date needed no explanation.