Thomas Molloy: Noonan risks his words returning to haunt him
IS Michael Noonan slowly losing the plot? Yesterday, the Finance Minister made a Bertie Ahern-like attack on economists who predicted we might need a second bailout.
While not going as far Mr Ahern's infamous remarks encouraging critics to commit suicide, the Finance Minister dismissed warnings from some of the world's most influential economists as "ludicrous" and "idle" speculation.
"It is really speculation by economists who, at the start of the new year, speculate on these matters," he added in a quote that could have come straight from either Mr Ahern or George Bush.