You're wrong there, Michael...
There have been a lot of casualties of the endless Garda scandals, a lot of hard-won credibility lost, a lot of politicians and journalists making fools of themselves. But while a lot of people were teetering on the brink, most of them were managing to hang in there, and nobody had really gone down until early last week.
But the splash made when the Big Dog himself went down was audible all over the country, due to the fact that no one expected the first major political scalp from this mess to be Michael Noonan.
But somehow, one of the few untainted people, one of the few who had managed to stay out of it, one of the few government politicians with credibility, was sent out to bat on this one on Tuesday, and within minutes we knew we would never see the Big Dog in the same light again as we watched a lifetime of hard-won political capital pissed down the toilet.