Lise Hand: Mary quite contrary as she legs it after ear-bashing from teachers
The Tanaiste was having a mini-strop. She swatted away a photographer who moments before had been busily shooting pictures of a brief melee which erupted around her, and hissed angrily at him.
"You've enough pictures of me," she snapped. "And you're always taking pictures of my legs," she informed the bamboozled chap who afterwards swore with hand on heart that he had never had a Kodak moment involving the shapely pins of Mary Coughlan.
In fairness, it wasn't surprising that the Tanaiste was in a bit of a temper. After all, she had just been handed the silent treatment by 450 stony-faced teachers as she made her speech, and then had to endure a fire-and-brimstone oration from the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) president Don Ryan, in which she was blamed for every disaster bar the earthquake in Sumatra. And to top it all off, a handful of rowdies bearing anti-NAMA posters were lying in wait as she made her escape.