But where were all the snow consultants?
The politicians did their job last week. Gene Kerrigan asks how come they so often fail in dealing with longer-term problems?
Well, that was a memorable week. Some scary parts, many quiet acts of kindness and heroism, and a whole lot of dedicated public service.
The other side to all this, we'll get to later.
As the storm and the snow approached, various elements of the State behaved appropriately. The professionals - the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) - assembled the data and drew their conclusions. They have a huge technological advantage over those who tackled previous "weather events". And they set out to minimise casualties. It would be worth it, to save one life.