After four crises in four months, it is Halligan's time to bow out
They may not be singing the aul shut-eye number Goodbye Johnny Dear because all sides seem capable of coping with the sorrow of parting.
John Halligan hit four speed bumps over four months in office as a Junior Minister. He is a courteous, decent and talented man, with a flair for politics and an ability to get votes.
But he is not now, nor has he ever been, culturally or politically ready for the tough place that is government.