'I'm just like Sexton,' says Minister Noonan over his black eye

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HE’S a heavyweight of Irish politics and a minister who is well able to punch above his weight.

But it was Michael Noonan who was sporting a proper shiner yesterday.

The Finance Minister sustained the injury during minor surgery last week, his officials said.

He joked that he had experienced the same fate as Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton, who suffered a black eye during his sensational performance against France on Saturday.

“As you see, I’m imitating Jonny Sexton,” Mr Noonan joked.

A department spokeswoman said that the minister’s black eye was caused by “minor surgery on Friday”.

“As far as we’re aware, it was minor surgery to remove a stye (or something similar) and he is perfectly healthy,” she said.

Mr Noonan was in Brussels for serious business yesterday where finance ministers met to discuss the ongoing Greek