Sunday 17 December 2017

Lise Hand: Whoa tiger ... you're not out of the woods just yet, Willie

The Taoiseach may have found himself on a tour of Tara Mines in Navan yesterday, but there was no way he was going near an actual mine. No way, Jose. One of his most loyal soldiers had experienced a shaft already this week, and that was more than enough.

It was the day after the frenetic night before. Willie O'Dea had done the Walk of Shame back to Limerick, leaving in his wake a lot of head-scratching as to exactly how the whole affair had snowballed so speedily. Had Willie walked the plank all by himself, or was he prodded along it by the pointy end of a dagger wielded by John Gormley or his close pal Brian Cowen?

It seemed certain that the Taoiseach would be suffering from PWS yesterday -- Post Willie Stress -- and his mood may not have been improved by a member of his party's national executive, Jerry Beades, calling on him to axe six cabinet ministers in a reshuffle, including Mary Coughlan, Noel Dempsey and Dermot Ahern.

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