Earnest Coveney thinks he’s brave, but can he really please everybody?
Simon Coveney described his efforts as "brave". His officials had "endlessly debated" the best approach and he was hoping for some pre-Christmas good cheer from Fianna Fáil to get everything done and dusted before everybody scarpers for the seasonal break.
But Michael Noonan was uncomfortable and Leo Varadkar felt snubbed, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise when Fianna Fáil kicked up.
There's no doubting that Mr Coveney has put a lot of hours into his rental plan. And there's no doubting his ambition to fix the crisis - but can it really be done when there's no consensus?