Minister can't stop dispute but he can be glue holding disparate parties together
When he was appointed Transport Minister, Shane Ross couldn't contain his excitement - so much so that he broke with protocol and told the media before the Taoiseach was afforded the opportunity to formally announce his Cabinet.
However, there were no repercussions from Enda Kenny, who may well have had a wry smile as he watched his political foe's delight at receiving such an obvious hospital pass.
There was a time when Transport, Tourism and Sport was seen as the 'Department of Fun'. The type of portfolio that came with plenty of junkets and days out at the races.