Ice Cold Alex takes the Dáil hot seat with relish
The eyes of the Opposition lit up when Alex White sidled into the seat usually occupied by the Tánaiste during the Thursday session of Leaders' Questions. There's nothing like the prospect of giving the new boy a rough time in the schoolyard to cheer up the likely lads on the far side.
The Communications Minister was deputising for Joan Burton who had been felled by a Leinster House lurgy, although she had dragged herself along to the bells-and-whistles launch of the Strategic Investment Bank alongside the Taoiseach and Finance Minister.
And so Alex was in the big chair for the first time, to do his very best to maintain the high standard of delivering at great and windy length, absolutely no information at all in reply to the opposition's questions.