Josepha Madigan is best known for her involvement in Maria Bailey's ill-judged decision to sue a hotel after she fell off a swing. Bailey got kicked out of Fine Gael and didn't run in the General Election.
Madigan did run and was successfully elected and is still in the ministry she was appointed to following the controversial resignation of former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald three years ago. I'm sure Bailey would like to have run and retained her seat.
Since her re-election, Madigan, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, it is fair to say, has not been as busy as some of her colleagues. I'm sure there have been some calls she had to make but she certainly has not faced the same challenges as say Tánaiste Simon Coveney or Health Minister Simon Harris or Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Or maybe even the Fianna Fáil politicians involved in government formation talks.
Yet in she strolled to the Dáil yesterday to lambaste her fellow elected colleagues for having the audacity to rip her away from her home in the leafy suburb of Mount Merrion in South County Dublin.
During a debate on the coronavirus, Madigan said TDs had shown a "complete disregard" for the fight against the virus by making her come into work. "Shame on you. You have forced us to stray from home rather than stay at home which is completely contrary to public health guidelines and nothing to do with any public representative shirking responsibilities," she said.
Madigan knows she is a member of the acting government which assigned itself and other elected representatives as an essential service during the lockdown.
But it seems the minister believes employees in her local Marks and Spencer should go to work but she should not.
The reason TDs made statements in the Dáil yesterday was because they have been told they can't legitimately question ministers anymore.
The problem is we have just elected the 33rd Dáil and most of our current crop of ministers were elected in the 32 Dáil, while some were not elected.
Take Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty, who is still working diligently in her role but cannot be questioned in the Dáil because she is no longer a member of parliament.
This is why TDs insisted on having a Dáil sitting, as it was the only forum they have to question, query and criticise the Government's response to the Covid-19 health emergency.
Our powerless Government has spent the past few weeks hiding behind civil servants who also can't be questioned by the Dáil or anyone else for that matter.
Avid viewers of 'RTÉ News Now' may have noticed Department of the Taoiseach assistant secretary Liz Canavan's daily briefings. They involve Canavan walking from behind a 'Government of Ireland' backdrop before standing in front a podium.
Cameras are rolling and there are a handful of journalists in the room. After she announces a series of society-changing decisions that the Government has taken, she walks back behind the backdrop.
She answers no questions on the measures which have resulted in the highest number of job losses this country has ever seen.
Canavan doesn't make the decisions and she's a very good civil servant by all accounts. But why she does not or someone else does not answer question on these monumental measures is bewildering. Even in Fine Gael, the set-up is being questioned.
"It really should be a minister making those announcements and answering questions," a Cabinet member said.
Ministers themselves feel powerless at the moment. They're constitutionally in charge but their legitimacy is gone. A regular complaint from ministers is that they have to kowtow to the 'permanent government'. They are not enjoying the role reversal.
"We need to form a government as soon as possible so we can take back control," one Cabinet minister said.
It would be remiss not to say the civil service is working above and beyond to ensure we all remain safe and well throughout this awful crisis.
Long hours are being put in and they are putting their health at risk for our sake. The interregnum is also not their fault. But the lack of transparency at a time when we need it most is a cause of concern and should be for everyone. Remember all the questions ministers and senior civil servants faced after the financial crash? No one wants another scenario like that - least of all them.
The sooner we have an accountable government, the better. Tough questions can then be answered on this unimaginable health crisis which everyone is grappling with.
And hopefully if Josepha Madigan is part of the next government she won't mind showing up to parliament to answer questions on her role.