Minister for Finance Michael Noonan sympathising with the ‘ordeal’ that Kevin Cardiff faces today when he appears before the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament.
I’d like to wish him all the best. It’s difficult to go under scrutiny in any parliament and for somebody from Ireland who hasn’t experience of the European Parliamentary system it’s going to be a testing day for him.
I think, actually, of all the people that were nominated to serve on the European Court of Auditors by Irish governments over the years, Kevin Cardiff is the most qualified for the job.
This statement by the Minister sends a clear message to the Irish people.
I am a member of the ruling elite of this country. Kevin Cardiff is also a member of our exclusive club and therefore I will be giving his interests priority over the interests of the Irish people.