Tuesday 21 November 2017

Old wounds reopen with scrappy 70-somethings

OLD WOUNDS: Noonan and Dukes in 2002. Today both men are over 70 years of age, embarking on a new battle to defend their reputations
OLD WOUNDS: Noonan and Dukes in 2002. Today both men are over 70 years of age, embarking on a new battle to defend their reputations

Shane Ross

Has Michael Noonan lost his touch? The sure-footed Minister for Finance has become accident-prone in recent weeks. Instead of floating above the media scrum, Noonan has descended to political jousting. Not all of it has seen the avuncular Michael emerging in glory.

Since he took over at Finance, Noonan has left most media spats to his junior minister. He has reserved himself for the big occasions.

He has carefully created the impression that the shaky ship of state was in reliable hands. Budgets, domestic crises, European summits, pictures with world leaders - that was Michael's forte.

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