Martina Devlin: The best form of defence is still, it seems, to attack
Willie O'Dea is currently in his John O'Donoghue phase, otherwise known as the denial stage.
This requires him to adopt the pigeon posture of someone brazening it out: chest puffed out, feet pointing inwards -- a show of blustering defiance, but with fingers and toes crossed.
By denial stage, I don't mean he rejects any wrongdoing. He admits he slipped up, but puts a benign interpretation on events. The minister -- still in office, by the grace of the Greens -- concedes he made a "mistake", with the inference being it's a forgivable one.