Move on. Nothing to see here. Simon Coveney is doing his best Lieutenant Frank Drebin from 'Police Squad' act as he flails about trying to play down tensions between the Government and medical experts over the lifting of restrictions.
Comical Coveney started out the crisis praising the media.
"Media generally have been great since yesterday's announcements: informative, fair and carrying the message to the public of a need for unity of purpose across the country - thanks, we all need to work together on this one," he said in mid-March as the lockdown began. Last month, he decried false information about the coronavirus on social media, praising the "good mainstream media".
As soon as the scrutiny doesn't suit the Government's agenda, suddenly the media can't be trusted. After a week of widely reported fractious Cabinet meetings, Comical Coveney bizarrely denies there is any tension between the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet). Even when he is presented with documentary evidence by the Irish Independent showing the Cabinet overruled health officials' advice that over-70s should keep cocooning in their homes until August, he still denies it.
Chief medical officer Tony Holohan also insisted relations between Nphet and the Government are on track.
The minister has a bugbear about leaks in politics. God bless his naivety. Maybe he's forgotten what happened last week. Just as he seemed to forget to mention his own involvement in the Keelings debacle. He was contacted directly by the company before it flew in 189 seasonal workers from Bulgaria during the lockdown. He just didn't care to mention his role.
Coveney's own personal encounter with coronavirus was brief. After learning he had come into contact with a confirmed case 12 days previously and not showing any symptoms, he got tested and received clear results back within 48 hours. No wonder he thinks everything is awesome.
Contrast that with the 16 days Mary-Lou McDonald had to wait or the 35 days Eamon Ryan had to wait for his son's results.
Being leader of an Opposition party doesn't confer any privilege. Being a Merchant Prince Minister clearly does.
The former Fine Gael leader who brought the minister into politics, John Bruton, had a mantra about government operating on "openness, transparency and accountability".
Comical Coveney is no worthy successor to the aspiration of such standards.