Choice of Kelly or Howlin is a major call for Labour
Whether Labour chooses the bolshie Alan Kelly, or opts for the more courtly Brendan Howlin, is only part of the big issues which lie ahead of the party.
Either way, this is a big week for Labour - and by extension for Irish politics generally. Battered in the February general election, Labour is very far down - and only time will tell if the situation is terminal.
It will be cold comfort for the party - but it is in the best of company in this parlous situation. The centre left is locked out of power in parliamentary systems across the western world.