O'Callaghan left wrong-footed as 'cronyism' catches all on the hop
The controversy over Máire Whelan's appointment brings to mind Mary Harney's famous line about the worst days in government being better than the best days in opposition.
Fianna Fáil tried, with some initial success, to put the squeeze on the Government on the issue. Yet it ended up coming across as looking hopelessly weak when Leo Varadkar faced it down by brazenly fast-tracking the formal appointment of Whelan on Monday.
To be clear, the Government's response to the controversy has been shockingly inadequate. Ministers, one after another, parroted the mantra that what had happened was entirely legal and that Whelan was eminently qualified for the position.