Hurler on the ditch Ross has struggled to make step up to the senior game
It's impossible to think of Shane Ross's first four months in Government without recalling Seamus Brennan's famous line to the Greens on entering government about them playing senior hurling now.
Ross, for decades the quintessential hurler on the ditch, has been thrown in with the big boys and he has yet to come close to getting to the pitch or pace of what can be a pretty frenetic game.
He needs to start doing so quickly. Because, for a man used to doling it out over the years, the Transport Minister has been taking a ferocious amount of stick in the recent weeks and days - some of it unfair, a good deal of it deserved.