Benign Brian is stirred but not shaken as rivals turn up the heat
Eamon Gilmore's visage was sporting the horrified expression of a maiden aunt who had just discovered 'Playboy' magazine tucked inside her copy of 'Knitting Weekly'. And it was the Taoiseach who was at the receiving end of this display of dismay.
"You want the opposition to solve the problem for you, you want the people of the country to pay for it and, meanwhile, you want to stay in office?" he asked.
Then Eamon's voice rose to a pitch usually only achieved by professional contraltos and junior minister Martin Mansergh: "Do you seriously expect us to agree to that?" he squeaked.