- 12 Mar 01
Minister for Finance Ruairi Quinn on hair loss, economic growth, hairy times in government and hair-raising incidents in the house. Demon barber: Liam Fay.
EVERY WEEKDAY morning, at a little before 8am, Ruairi Quinn sits at his desk in the Department of Finance and writes a page-long meditation on the previous 24 hours. The updating of his diary is the first act of his working day, a strict routine he has followed, both inside outside government, since the early 1980s.
"It's not a recitation of the events that have taken place," he asserts. "It's a kind of temperature reading, a comment on what has happened. The facts have been recorded elsewhere."
When Quinn eventually retires from politics, he will publish his political memoirs. They won't, he insists, be either as saucy or as bitchy as the notorious Alan Clark Diaries. "I'm not a bitchy person," Quinn avers. "There hasn't been enough commentary by Irish politicians on their experience of the political process and their observations. It wouldn't be a history book, it would be a memoir. But I won't be writing it for some time yet."