Lise Hand: Silence spoke volumes about how they'd heard it all before
Just for a brief moment during Michael Lowry's hour-long speech from the Dail dock, a flash of anger offered a glimpse of the deep well of anger bubbling below the surface calm.
His face tightened and his body tensed as his voice rose with emotion.
"Let me make it quite clear here tonight," he told the House. "You can send in CAB, you can send in the Army, you can send in who you like to investigate my affairs after all of these investigations and there'll be no £900,000 because it was never there, and it's not there," he snapped, glaring defiantly around the chamber, as if daring any member to challenge him on this statement.