This is an irish Times report on Michael Noonan’s now infamous Bloomberg breakfast briefing (the feta one) as it currently appears online.
The story went up just before lunchtime yesterday.
A contributor to the PoliticalWorld.org site copied and pasted it at the time.
And this, he asserts, is how it then read:
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan today warned voting Yes in the upcoming EU fiscal treaty referendum on May 31st would be a “leap in the dark” and a “dangerous leap but that Irish citizens should take it”.
He also told a Dublin event that no other European country but Ireland would be able to pass a referendum on the fiscal treaty. “In all other countries people are concerned about growing inequality. In Ireland we need to keep focus on more important issues of corporate profitability and tax protection we offer international organisations. This is not the time for drastic moves to the left simply to suit populist demands for simplistic idealism of “social justice”
You may notice the changed intro and the rather incendiary quote which is now missing from the story.
There are four possibilities.
1) Noonan never made the remark. It was inserted by a mischievous sub-editor (from the ‘left” perhaps) and hastily removed.
2) The PoliticalWorld.org contributor pasted the quote in for the ‘laugh’.
3) The Irish Times was hacked.
4) Noonan did say it (because that’s how he rolls) and The Irish Times chose, for whatever reason, to remove it.
More as we get it.