WE CARRIED LIVE coverage of proceedings from the Government Press Centre on Merrion Street, where ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin gave a press conference following the completion of the latest EU-IMF review.
12.04 – Earlier this morning, during Order of Business at the Dáil, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was at pains to tell Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald that the Government isn’t just looking for “gold stars” from the troika. The country is on the road to minor recovery, he said, and it would behove her and her party (‘behove’ is our word – we like it) to “pull on the green jersey” and support the Government in its attempts to get the country moving.
Mary Lou didn’t like the “pull on the green jersey” remark. She claimed that the bailout had failed because it hadn’t, a. gotten Ireland back into the markets, and b. not achieved a reduction in our deficit. Nothing had changed she said. Gilmore wasn’t having any of it – Irish 10-year bonds are in a much better state facing into 2012. It is “time to grow up” and for Sinn Féin to offer some positive solutions to the crisis rather than “coming in here every Thursday bellyaching”. So that was the Dáil this morning.