Joan has to be Labour's cunning fox in the box
John Drennan warns that when it comes to Ireland's new 'national Mum', the real Joan Burton is still quite the mystery
The strange thing about political leaders is that often we actually know very little about them until the game is up and we are taking the corpse off the battlefield.
Intriguingly, despite her oft-proclaimed status as an open talking book, the same can be said of Joan Burton, for we know very little about the secret, or rather the real Ms Burton.
This is no longer a minor issue either, for Ms Burton's performance in office will save or destroy the Coalition and the declining reputation of Irish politics itself.