As my thread title suggests, Is Michael Noonan a weak link in europe for Ireland?
Take for example back at the start of October 2012 when talking about the promissory notes.
Michael Noonan has expressed his hope that a deal restructuring the government’s promissory note for Anglo Irish Bank could be reached in the coming weeks – a move which he says would make it easier to construct the next Budget.Noonan hopeful of deal on Anglo promissory note before Budget“It would help me doing the Budgetary arithmetic if something could be arranged, or a statement of intent could be achieved, before the Budget,” he said.
The budget is next week for goodness sake and as David Murphy RTE's business editor said yesterday there is no movement on such deal, being best boy in the class is leaving Ireland being ignored.
Now take Greece, Michael Noonan out of the traps saying that Ireland could not benefit from such deal.
Greek deal 'not applicable' to Ireland - The Irish Times - Mon, Nov 26, 2012
Yet today Finland, a country known not to be too favourable to the PIIGS, their finance minister said this.
Fabrizio Goria @FGoria
Juncker said similar yesterday while EC spokesperson says it is being explored.Finnish finance minister says sees chance to consider Greece style debt relief for Ireland and Portugal
Peter Spiegel @SpiegelPeter
Did Noonan even try get us some better conditions when the Greek deal was being discussed and is he being forceful enough on the PN's issue. We have another tough budget next week and no assistance from europe to speak of on legacy debt or promissory notes.Will #Ireland & #Portugal get same benefits as #Greece's did in Tues deal? @ECspokesSimon says it's being "explored", but no decisions yet.