Katie Byrne: Nothing correct about this political Tom-foolery
Aine Collins was "not in the least bit offended" after she was pulled into the lap of fellow Fine Gael TD Tom Barry.
Apparently "she saw it for what it was, in the moment, just a piece of silliness". That's according to a party spokesperson. Ms Collins has not commented. But her silence speaks volumes.
Her silence – like Nigella Lawson's silence before her – suggests acquiescence. It suggests that there is such thing as a dignified silence.