THE newly appointed Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, took some time out from his hectic schedule this week to celebrate his re-election.
Members of the campaign team gathered with other well-wishers at the Savoy Hotel for a celebratory meal attended by fellow TDs Kieran O’Donnell, Pat Breen and Tom Hayes, former MEPs Tom O’Donnell and John Cushnahan, Mayor of Limerick Cllr Maria Byrne, city and county councillors, relatives and friends.
“It was a very enjoyable night of jubilant celebrations. We are all still celebrating the fact that we have a senior minister in Limerick again, something that can only be good for the city and for the Mid-West. We’re all confident Michael is the right man for the job,” said Mayor Byrne.
There were speeches on the night from Deputy Noonan and Deputy O’Donnell, from Deputy Mayor Cllr Cormac Hurley and from Noonan canvassers Martin Walsh and Alan Kavanagh.
“Martin spoke very movingly in paying tribute to Michael for all the hard work he has done over the years and Cormac was reminiscing about being in school with Michael many years ago,” said Fine Gael’s director of elections during the recent campaign Aileen Browne.
“Michael had to go to Brussels on Sunday so it was great for all of us to get the opportunity to celebrate with him on Friday night. He has a very difficult and challenging job to do so it might be difficult getting him in Limerick over the next couple of months,” Ms Browne said.