Irish politicians up the Brexit ante in Brussels
Three Government ministers and five members of the Oireachtas EU affairs committee were in the Belgian capital last week to press Ireland's case for special treatment.
While the message about Ireland's "unique concerns" seems to be well understood by Brussels, the conversation hasn't really moved on since the UK voted out of the EU last June.
After a meeting with the EU's lead negotiator, Michel Barnier, foreign minister Charlie Flanagan (pictured) pushed for the maintenance of an "invisible" border with Northern Ireland following the UK's exit.
"It's time now for Ireland to start putting solutions on the table, not restating the problem. The tea-and-sympathy day has been and gone," Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell told the Farming Independent after his own meeting with Mr Barnier.
"I do not want us to be following Britain - I want us to be leading Europe," he said, calling on the Taoiseach to make a set-piece statement to the nation setting out Ireland's Brexit priorities.
Mr Barnier believes that trade will be the most difficult issue to tackle in the divorce settlement.
But a more immediate fight is looming over Britain's Brexit bill - for budget commitments and officials' pension payments - which the Financial Times has reported could run to €60bn.
"The figures are going to be astronomical," said Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae, chair of the Oireachtas EU Affairs committee.