Noonan's last budget draws near?
WILL Finance Minister Michael Noonan deliver his final Budget in nine days' time?
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised a reshuffle next year. His Finance Minister could be the first casualty of a Cabinet cull.
When 'Big Phil' Hogan heads for Brussels as Ireland's European Commissioner next autumn the cabinet vacancy will offer an opening for major surgery. Noonan need not be demoted. He could be despatched with dignity to Iveagh House, replacing Eamon Gilmore on his travels. Currently the Labour leader needs to spend more time at home – saving the party.