Old wounds reopen with scrappy 70-somethings
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.