Minister of Finance, Michael Noonan, was the the subject of mockery last night in a panel debate on the Budget last night, after being confronted about his age.
It was Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty who brought up the politician’s age on live TV.
Everything kicked off after a row between Doherty and the veteran Fine Gael TD about how often Sinn Féin voted in support of the Government, as opposed to against them, in the Dáil.
We vote with the Government and you should know that Michael, I know you're pushing on in years but you're still smart up there.
To which Noonan replied:
I don’t think that we should make age an issue. If you don’t make age an issue I won’t refer to your inexperience and immaturity.
This response was met with audible gasps, murmurings of 'ohhhh' and applause - something not very likely to be expected from an Irish politics television show.
And at the end of that debate, we say that rounds goes to Noonan.
Come better prepared next time, Doherty.