Saturday 17 March 2018

Shane Ross: Put a mandarin in the Seanad

PUT yourself for a moment in the shoes of Joan Burton. A few months ago the Minister for Social Protection was passed over as Minister for Finance. Eyebrows were raised as she was the heaviest financial hitter on offer.

Today her normally hyperactive jaw must drop as her Cabinet colleagues debate the merits of complex financial measures.

Cabinet secrecy bars us from knowing if Joan contributes to the discussions on the economy. Or does she hold her peace, a detached professional with a wry smile watching the amateurs struggling with the numbers?

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