Will Catherine be facing the party whippy?
Members of the Upper House were in tip-top form this week. On Wednesday, Fine Gael's Catherine Noone, right, declared a fatwa on that most Irish of summer institutions, the ice-cream van.
"It's not that I'm anti-ice-cream, but the constant use of chimes in estates is an aggressive form of selling and it wouldn't be accepted in any other industry," she told the chamber.
But o-cone agus o-cone for the senator. One suspects some of her colleagues may not be taking the issue seriously, with Catherine acquiring the nickname of 'Miss Whippy'.
Moreover, on Thursday during a series of votes, suddenly the chamber was filled with the unmistakable fanfare of an ice-cream van.
Cue giggles all around.