Tuesday 20 February 2018

Shane Ross: Michael Noonan is a man in a hurry

WHAT was Michael Noonan up to on Wednesday night? The Minister for Finance told the Dail that a deal was close in the talks on the Anglo debt. No deal was done, but it was on the way.

The minister's words, not for the first time, were in marked contrast to Enda Kenny's lofty stance that wise men keep their mouths firmly shut during negotiations.

Noonan opened his mouth wide as a whale's, surprised the Dail and started wild speculation about the nature of the deal expected on Thursday. Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan was being despatched for Frankfurt with a proposal in his pocket.

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