In his celebrated 1991 Budget speech, Michael Noonan famously compared the then cabinet of Charles Haughey to a group of “cartoon figures trying to start an old banger of a car which is up on blocks, backfiring, belching smoke”.
The Finance Minister Albert Reynolds was under the bonnet “fine-tuning it with a hammer”, while the Taoiseach was in the driving seat, “revving away, shouting instructions in all directions”.
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