Still a long way from getting houses in order
The showdown between Fine Gael and Labour on the rent row was in danger of being dubbed 'High Noonan'. But in the great tradition of all epic Mexican stand-offs, it ended with the Finance and Environment Ministers both walking into the sunset and claiming partial victories.
And for all those tenants on the receiving end of rent increases, there is at last some relief. They may not get 'certainty', but there is a greater element of security.
Alan Kelly's sticking to his guns has partially paid off. Something desperately needed to be done. Since taking office, the Government has seen rents soar by up to 35pc.