Thursday 23 November 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: Illness isn't a sign of weakness, Minister

Politicians pretending to be invulnerable is more unwelcome proof of the tyrannical cult of youth, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

EVENTS, DEAR BOY: Michael Noonan has undergone treatment to remove fluid from his chest. Photo: Steve Humphreys
EVENTS, DEAR BOY: Michael Noonan has undergone treatment to remove fluid from his chest. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Eilis O'Hanlon

Michael Noonan, who spent part of the festive period in a Dublin hospital recovering from surgery to remove fluid from his chest, says that he first received news from his doctor that he needed treatment "two weeks before Christmas".

Without wanting to be too pedantic about dates, counting backwards two weeks exactly from Christmas Day would bring him to Friday December 11, which, interestingly, also happens to be marked by the appearance of a rare tweet on @NoonanLive, his official Twitter account.

The Minister for Finance doesn't tweet much, to say the least. Before this latest date, the last time he left a message on the social media site was the previous January, when he posted a link to an article in the Irish Times saying that his strategy for dealing with the banks was working - proving, if nothing else, that he may not use Twitter very often, but he has grasped its fundamental value as a tool for shameless self-praise.

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