Opinion - It will take at least five years to hammer out the Brexit deal
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This may be a metaphor for the whole 'European project'.
In the run in to Christmas, all talk elsewhere was about turkeys, geese and other species of seasonal fowl. But in Brussels it was all about fish.
In recent years they have pulled back the Ministerial meeting on the yearly allocation fishery quotas by about 10 days. That date-change avoids an ill-tempered dispute about fisheries in Christmas week.
These fisheries' battles gave rise to the maxim: "All Brussels' negotiations start with high diplomacy - and end with a row about fish."
The bottom line for Ireland is that the potential for Brexit to wreak havoc with our fisheries is pretty limitless, but that is a subject for another day.
Mr Creed and his Cabinet colleagues are by now living, eating and sleeping Brexit which, as it should be, is really the only game in town for Irish farming and agribusiness. But it remains a moving target for us as we make preparations around various potential scenarios.
Soon after St Patrick's Day we can expect to finally see action when the EU-UK divorce talks actually begin. But it risks continuing to be very noisy rather than informative.
That realisation really came home to me the other night as I caught a BBC Radio 4 interview with a man called Gus O'Donnell. Augustine Thomas O'Donnell, universally and happily known by his initials 'GO'D', was the most senior and visible British civil servant for many years, who has always been an impressive media contributor.