Taoiseach comes out swinging - but Sinn Féin morphs into the EU's friend
Verily, a week can be a long time in politics. Last Wednesday, the Cabinet was struggling to agree a united stance on appealing the EU Commission's €13bn back-tax bill which Ireland must collect from the Apple Corporation.
By yesterday, the Dáil was back for one day only, three weeks ahead of the end of the summer holiday, to debate the self-same issue.
But there was an air of a foregone conclusion about the proceedings and suggestions the action was elsewhere, as speculation grew about junior minister John Halligan's intentions. And the Taoiseach met EU Council President Donald Tusk at Government Buildings ahead of next week's crucial Brexit leaders' summit.