He'll never be a saint but you can't deny Michael Noonan is a genuine statesman
Right now, he could pass for a retired boxer who took a pounding after being lured back for one last bout. Yet battered though he is, Michael Noonan has never looked more statesmanlike.
The Finance Minister's swollen and closed-over eye tells a story we don't often report on in the media: it signals diligence, grit and an absence of self-pity.
A few days after an eye procedure, Mr Noonan was in Brussels for meetings with eurozone finance ministers - minimising the damage to his face with a quip about imitating Johnny Sexton.