Tuesday 23 January 2018

He'll never be a saint but you can't deny Michael Noonan is a genuine statesman

Michael Noonan’s black eye tells a story of diligence, grit, and an absence of self-pity.
Photo: Reuters
Michael Noonan’s black eye tells a story of diligence, grit, and an absence of self-pity. Photo: Reuters
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

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.

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