Fitzgerald's hopes to be leader still alive after dispute
The strike has been averted for now - but the Tanaiste knows the winter of discontent is far from over
Frances Fitzgerald spent three hours handing out awards to the country's top journalists in the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday afternoon. Those who observed the Tanaiste and Justice Minister said she looked calm, relaxed and didn't seem to have a care in the world.
But outside a dark blue cloud was forming over the country as two garda associations prepared to leave the State defenceless.
The unprecedented threat of industrial action was presumably weighing heavy on her mind as she congratulated journalists such as The Herald's Robin Schiller and the Sunday World's Alan Sherry for their work on the brutal Regency Hotel murders.