WHAT has happened to all of that political capital that Ireland invested in fair Christine?
The French finance minister is about to escape from the blandishments of Michael Noonan and head for New York. In her last weeks in office, she has been happy to pose for pics with Michael at the drop of a hat.
Michael emerged from the encounters singing the virtues of Madame Lagarde for the top job in the IMF. It was Ireland’s way of sucking up to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
All that attention given to Christine has been wasted. Michael has emerged from these rendezvous — invariably commencing with continental kisses — with a French flea in his ear.