Nicola Anderson: Labour deputy leader just can't help himself
Alan Kelly cast in the role of the gracious Master of Ceremonies, all charm and light chit-chat as he handed over the microphone to the real stars of the event.
Seriously, Labour - in what parallel universe was that ever going to pan out?
"The Tánaiste will make a keynote address along with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Director of Elections and Environment Minister Alan Kelly will MC the event," read the press release, apparently straight-faced, sounding the first of the alarm bells.