No rest for the wicked: Croker pleas plague TDs
There's a small selection of TDs and ministers for whom the summer holliers brought no respite – the public representatives who hail from the counties of Dublin, Mayo, Clare and Cork.
There is cross-party unanimity that they are all being haunted by desperate constituents looking for precious tickets for the two All-Ireland finals – with the Cork and Clare politicians getting it in the neck twice on account of the hurling final replay in two weeks' time.
And naturally the big and little Ministers for Sport, Leo Varadkar of Dublin West and Michael Ring of Mayo are men more wanted than Whitey Bulger.
At least Leo missed the frenzied run-up to the Dublin-Kerry semi showdown, taking himself for a peaceful walk along the Camino. But alas, he discovered a sad dearth of Irish GAA-loving pubs in the Spanish town of Santiago.
"I spent the match standing on the roof of the hotel which is the only place I could get a signal on my phone," he explained.