Poor Willie could never have weathered this witch-hunt
The first thing about the fix that Willie O'Dea has got himself into is how terribly sad it is: sad that a person of his tenacity, wit and energy should be caught out like this. Let's be honest: this is a not a huge matter.
O'Dea didn't con the public, or the legislature, he didn't preside over a government disaster or take public money. But it is the little things that catch you out. Just ask Albert Reynolds.
Few of us can remember the full mechanics of the Harry Whelehan affair which brought down his FF/Labour Government in 1994. And even fewer of us can remember the torturous details (the Duggan case, unseen folders, etc) which torpedoed the second government immediately after, which Bertie was supposed to form with Labour.