Wednesday 22 November 2017

Troika are like a dog with a bone

MINISTER FOR HARDSHIP: Michael Noonan rubs his hands. Photo: Frank McGrath
MINISTER FOR HARDSHIP: Michael Noonan rubs his hands. Photo: Frank McGrath

Oliver Callan

They haven't gone away you know. The whiff of the troika was in the air again this week as the lesser-spotted Finance Minister Michael Noonan vowed to wreak €2bn worth of cuts in Budget 2015. The Government had been busy talking up the economy and announcing the same new jobs 40 times in recent weeks. The handlers had even fed the media talk of tax cuts by October. Now this?

Noonan has the perfect pitch for delivering bad news. His voice dips so low it comes from a pit about a mile below the diaphragm where joy cannot dwell. He should borrow Pharrell Williams' giant happy hat, especially since he alone has the head to fill it.

No political party a month away from an election would warn of more misery to come amid reports of economic growth. We can therefore elementarily deduce it's not a Government idea. Noonan waved off the troika to great fanfare in December, but there was always going to be a nasty little surprise afterwards and it's not Brendan Howlin.

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