Bruton's denial of the importance of 1916 has sparked its own modern-day rebellion
There's something about John Bruton - particularly since he left mainstream politics - which gets under the skin of a lot of Irish people. Maybe it's the self-satisfied aura of the so-called Meath rancher.
And in addition to all of that, he has a few nice little nixers on the go, since stepping down as Taoiseach. It all means the Fine Gael luminary is doing very nicely, thank you.
Therefore when he sounds off on issues ranging from abortion, to the question of John Redmond and Home Rule, the green-eyed monster of jealousy and resentment echoes all too easily from his critics.