IT was a close thing. But somehow, Ming and Mary managed to ignore one another when confronted with an awkward public encounter outside Leinster House, writes Kevin Keane.
Despite passing close enough to rub shoulders, not even a glance was shared between two of the protagonists at the centre of the Piggygate affair.
Apologies have been offered to Mary Mitchell O'Connor by two of the three deputies involved, but not by Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, who insists he said nothing inappropriate and is himself owed an apology for an earlier 'verbal' with the glamorous Fine Gael deputy.
However, judging by yesterday's non-encounter, neither politician is ready to confront the other.
Mick Wallace was sporting a new ensemble yesterday. It was a bespoke suit of sackcloth and ashes. Woebegone Wallace may have been wearing his usual pink shirt, but the colour du jour was most definitely scarlet after Piggygate hit the headlines.