The caption reads
"Fellow Minister Ruairí Quinn teases Cabinet colleagues during period of health cuts, 1986".
It is reproduced from the autobiography of Barry Desmond who was Minister for Health at the time. Ruairí was known for drawing and passing around cartoons at Cabinet meetings.
This particular one, with a minor change of identities and a quarter of a century later, could have the nation as patient on the table with the Government wielding the scalpel while the IMF/EU/ECB drip lacks the unaffordable anaesthetic.