Saturday 26 May 2018

Shane Ross: Two teachers take Finance

I OFTEN meet Joan Burton when wandering around Leinster House. She is definitely not one of the lads. She has little small talk. She likes the macro stuff -- indeed, she is a bit too numerate for many of her colleagues.

When you meet Joan she does not want to gossip or speculate idly on the latest political excitement. She is serious, sometimes a little too intense for my taste.

Joan is a number-cruncher. A professional accountant, so when she engages you in conversation, she wants to talk hard figures. She assumes wrongly that I, too , as a financial journalist, have more interest in balance sheets than in banter.

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