Pay, pensions and a retiring boss. When it comes to critical comments on these matters, unions are usually the ones on the attack.
In the case of the retirement of Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) chief executive George McNeice, the union itself is in the spotlight.
The fact that it's a doctors' union, with many members among the best-paid people in the State, makes this wrangle more surprising.
The curious question is why the union is now so incredulous in circumstances where it presumably entered into the contract with its eyes wide open?
The union has a management committee, made up mostly of doctors and a board of trustees.
One of the features of the IMO is that many of the same doctors are involved in committees or as chairs of committees over several years. A number go on to be president.
We know a former president of the IMO, who is now deceased, was at the forefront of negotiating the annual remuneration package worth €492,355 for Mr McNeice. The change to a defined benefit pension scheme was also made.
Health Minister Dr James Reilly, who was a GP in north Dublin at the time, was a leading light in the IMO GP committee in 2003. He went on to become president of IMO the following year.
How much did he know about the deal? Were the financial implications for the union fully assessed?
A spokesman for Dr Reilly declined to comment last night.