Eilish O'Regan: 'O'Brien should spare us the tone-deaf self pity and just get off the stage'
The late Kerry sports writer Con Houlihan famously made the well-judged comment about a man who he said was "forgotten but not gone". There's a time to get off the stage.
And former HSE chief Tony O'Brien might have done everyone a favour if he hadn't indulged in a Sunday newspaper interview in which he gave free rein to so much self-pity and a selective look at his years running the health service.
A certain dearth of self-analysis is to be expected and inevitable from someone who resigned in the middle of a scandal.