A good week for Sinn Fein? Well I never . . .
SINN Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has known some dark days, but she's never had to endure the vampire's kiss of praise from this columnist. Until now: for her good fortune here comes to a quite brutal end, because I thought she was splendid in the way she challenged the Government's self-serving approach to bankers' pensions this week and stuck to the task.
And it certainly wasn't good enough for the Taoiseach to retire behind lazy abuse about the hypocrisy of Gerry Adams taking Westminster allowances while remaining an absentee.
If there's anything that is truly noble and majestic about the Sinn Fein leader, it is his hypocrisy. Having led his troops through a futile war for a quarter of a century, and wasted thousands of lives, his boundless narcissism, his disdain for all the principles on which the war was fought and his shrewd nose for a surrender led to the Good Friday Agreement, and the formal abolition of both the IRA's goals and the Republic's constitutional claim to a united Ireland.