Up to now we were fairly united in the fight against Covid-19. The scientists spoke with one voice and they made the running.
Politicians took the scientific advice and helped put the message across: stay at home, keep your distance, wash your hands, bend the curve.
And all the right numbers have been going down - except one. We've lost more than 1,700 people.
Of late, though, politicians increasingly whine that the country is being run by unelected scientists.
And there are differences among scientists about what happens next.
When coronavirus hit Ireland back in March, we had two things going for us: one, we had in place a credible National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet); and, two, we had a Government that knew it was out of its depth.
The scientists were specialists in public health. They had available to them the advice of a range of public-spirited academics who knew what they were talking about.
They had the advice of the World Health Organisation, summarising the entire human experience of this kind of thing.
And they got advice from others in China, South Korea and Italy who had already confronted this new virus, with varied results.
The Irish scientists knew that this was probably the only time in their lives when they'd be in a position to apply their specialist knowledge to protect their fellow citizens from a deadly virus - and they took seriously that vast, intimidating responsibility.
Leo Varadkar's government, to its credit, knew it didn't know enough. Without access to an immense array of data, and the training to understand it and how to act on it, you end up guessing.
So, we defer to those with the data and the expertise, and that's what the Government did.
We see from the UK and the US what happens when you have over-confident, domineering politicians - led by clowns like Boris Johnson and Donald Trump - who can't conceive of deferring to the expertise of others. You get bluster, chaos, lies, bombastic claims and a rocketing death toll.
Fathers, mothers, daughters and sons vanished from the lives of their loved ones, by the tens of thousands.
And it happened because blundering right-wing politicians had a deeply felt need to play the role of Strong Man.
The clarity we've shared up to now is being buggered up by nervous politicians. The economy, the economy, they cry.
They treat the economy as though it exists outside of - and in opposition to - the best interests of the people.
They and their whiny right-wing cheerleaders demand that Nphet opens the economy; opens the schools; pushes back travel restrictions, cuts the social distancing from two metres to one.
It doesn't seem to occur to them that a resurgence will not alone hit our health, it will flatten the economy and prolong the crisis.
The polls have been remarkably consistent - the majority of people are patient, they want their lives back but they know we're in a dangerous situation, and they want calm, reasoned decisions. They have supported, and will support, well-explained measures.
It's always been clear that while 5km was a viable restriction in cities, it was unnecessarily restrictive in rural areas.
Instead of making the case, too many politicians set about impressing their constituents, casting Nphet as the imperial force and themselves as Michael Collins.
Commercial entities - hotels, pubs and restaurants, for instance - have a right to put forward suggestions as to how they might safely open. But that's for Nphet to examine, and it's no business of politicians - whether ministers or backbenchers.
Why two metres instead of one?
The World Health Organisation say at two metres an airborne transmission is unlikely to infect you. At one metre there's a "significant risk".
This makes sense.
But instead of discussion, information, argument and decisions, we're getting bluster that panders to the needs of politicians.
To make matters worse, we're getting whinging media and business types who don't seem to get the point that a resurgence will smash the economy flatter than any number of Nphet restrictions.
We're now being treated to leaks of how supposedly brave politicians took on allegedly arrogant scientists, so they could defend their purportedly browbeaten constituents.
The media amplifies these voices and Twitter is full of amateur epidemiologists who tell us what the scientists are doing wrong.
And, there is no doubt, scientists get things wrong. But they tend to get them more right than I would, or you, or the politicians, or the amateur epidemiologists.
Most significant of all, there now seems to be a difference in strategy among the scientists.
Three scientists put together an open letter calling for a new approach - outright eradication of the virus, by tracking, tracing and isolating every particle. Other scientists put their name to a letter signed by more than 1,000 people.
They argue that mere suppression means we'll suffer an unpredictable number of resurgences.
This is an honest, valid disagreement. They may be right, they may be wrong.
I read the open letter, it's short of detail.
I read the five-week eradication plan, the nine measures necessary - I'm not convinced, but I don't know enough to have an opinion.
When there are such options, we need public discussion. Instead, the loudest voices are those of whiny, shouty right-wingers who desperately want a haircut. For instance, last Wednesday, Virgin Media's Tonight show brought on one of the organisers of the open letter, Professor Tomas Ryan. This seemed to be something we should all be aware of.
I wanted to hear his argument. I wish I could tell you to go check this programme online.
Instead, host Ivan Yates smirked and sneered. "All you medics are oblivious to the real world."
Ryan had to point out he's not a medic. The world he - and we - live in is considerably more real than Yates's rent-a-row nonsense.
On radio last week, he described those laid off from their work as "lazy layabouts", and demanded they got back to work. Had Yates stuck out his tongue at Ryan it wouldn't have been out of place in the circumstances.
Looking for information and discussion, we instead got self-indulgent crap ("it wasn't the pandemic, it was the panic engendered by these people that created the problem").
This, these days, is what passes for current affairs coverage.
No one knows if there'll be a second wave of the virus, or a third or fourth, as happened with the 1918 pandemic, when tens of millions died.
This is not 1918. This is not that virus. Covid-19 could be worse, it might not be - but there's no blueprint, we don't know what will happen.
If it comes back at us it may not be the same as it was in March and April - it may mutate, it may cut through the defences we've built up.
I don't know, you don't know, the politicians don't know.
Nphet seems to be taking a steady-as-she-goes approach. Keep suppressing the virus, be ready to pounce on new outbreaks.
You might imagine the politicians would take seriously a scientific difference, and encourage debate, but all of that seems to have gone over their heads.
The Government seems to have lost interest.
Back in March, the game was to listen to the scientists and use political PR to support them. Now, a complacent Government seems cool about game-playing by ministers and backbenchers. Relax, nothing to worry about, folks. All we need to do is join the shopping queue for an outfit to wear at the celebration party.