Shock as two people do something
The country was left reeling last week as not one, but two people actually did things. What added to the shock was that they just did them on the spot. There was no long period of review or reflection, no "kicking the can down the road". They just acted.
There were numerous complaints at high levels about this un-Irish behaviour, while most people are still processing what happened and will come up with a verdict on the matter after a period of reflection, when no one remembers or cares anymore.
Many are saying now that the incident where Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers tackled a protester at Grangegorman on Thursday could have been predicted and prevented.