In yet another example of how the Fine Gael/Labour government is repairing the country's financial reputation, Michael Noonan has been voted the 5th best finance minister in the European Union - that's up from last place two years ago.
Noonan comes in just behind Schaeuble of Germany, Borg of Sweden, Rostowski of Poland and Urpilainen of Finland.
On the naughty stool are Matolcsy of Hungary and De Guindos of Spain.
Noonan moves up FT's EU rankings - RTÉ News
A vital ally of the euro - FT.com
Ranking Europe’s finance ministers - FT.com
Verdict from the seven judges - FT.com