Michael Noonan TDMinister for Finance

Michael Noonan TD was appointed Minister for Finance on March 9, 2011. He was first elected to the Dail in 1981 and has held a number of senior cabinet positions. He represents the constituency of Limerick City.

Michael was leader of Fine Gael between February 2001 and May 2002.

He was Minister for Justice between 1982 and1986. He held two different ministerial posts between 1986 and 1987, that of Minister for Industry, Commerce and Trade and Minister for Energy respectively.

He was Minister for Health between 1994 and 1997, and has also served as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Michael was a member of Limerick County Council from 1974-81 and 1991-94, and a member of the Mid-Western Health Board from 1991-94.

Michael has five adult children with his late wife Florence. He enjoys reading and swimming. He is a frequent visitor to Thomond Park for rugby matches and was a keen sportsman in his college days. Hurling was his preferred game and he played Dublin Championship and Dublin Senior League.

Statement by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D. on Q2 2014 GDP figures

The CSO figures for Q2 2014 released today (18 September 2014) show that the Irish Economy grew by 7.7% in GDP terms and by 9% in GNP terms year on year.

Minister for Finance holds meeting with EU Commissioner Jyrki Katainen

The Minister for Finance Mr Michael Noonan T.D. today (08th September) met with the Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Mr Jyrki Katainen.

Statement from Minister for Finance

The Exchequer figures to the end of August and in particular the strong performance of income and consumption taxes are further evidence that the recovery is strengthening as the year progresses.

Minister Noonan to meet European Colleagues in relation to early repayment of IMF Loans

Following on from Minister Noonan’s announcement in July in relation to his plans to refinance the IMF loans, the minister will be holding a series of meetings with the EU Commission, ESM, ECB and the President of the Eurogroup.

Minister Noonan welcomes increase of 31,600 in the number of people employed

“Today’s figures point to a continuing recovery in the labour market with solid employment growth of 31,600 jobs compared to the same period last year and a further reduction in unemployment.