Shane Ross: Bloodbath in the boardroom
NOT all beards bring bad news. Normally the bushier the beard, the greater the threat of its bearer to the economy. So Siptu's Jack O'Connor looks marginally more menacing to Ireland's fragile finances than ICTU's David Begg.
The sight of a Jack O'C-type beard taking over at the Health quagmire sent those of us with whiskerphobia heading for the hills. What would the new whiskered one do with his big budget?
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly sports a spectacular specimen. No one in the Dail matches his facial fuzz.