Events in the cradle of democracy could have a major impact on the next Dáil
Pearse Doherty wasn't in Athens over the weekend to work on his tan. He was campaigning - not in the Greek referendum - but for the upcoming general election here.
Doherty travelled to ensure Sinn Féin wasn't outflanked on its left by Paul Murphy & co - and to establish Sinn Féin as the Irish Syriza in the eyes of voters here.
Changed times. Irish general election campaigns aren't renowned as outward-looking. This is a country that, in 1961, had an election where the teaching of Irish was the dominant issue. Even in recent years, international affairs haven't got a look in.