Bertie Ahern used to be the master of the 'Ah Jaysus, somebody should do something about that' school of politics. The mantle has been taken over by Simon Harris.
Any problem, big or small, can be deflected to some other arm of the State, agency or quango - anybody bar the Government itself. The Health Minister's performance was so abjectly poor, the flimsy Confidence and Supply government collapsed prematurely over a vote of confidence in him back in January.
Now he remains in office because the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parties that created the outgoing government haven't morphed into the incoming government yet as they seek a patsy to join their band.
In the Dáil this week, he produced a fine display of the skill as the scrutiny of the Government's response to the crisis in nursing homes intensified.
The advice comes from the chief medical officer and the National Public Health Emergency Team. The implementation comes from the HSE.
When you can't point to them, fall back on another quango. Suddenly, the all-action minister wants Hiqa to "shine a spotlight".
"I would like to see a set of standards drawn up quickly by Hiqa to address Covid-19 preparedness, in addition to the work that is already going on. I want our staffing beefed up in line with the redeployment. I want testing expanded to include testing for asymptomatic residents of nursing homes and staff."
Harris didn't make this statement a month ago when the Taoiseach vowed to his Fine Gael TDs and senators to do everything possible not to allow what happened in Italy where elderly people from nursing homes weren't going to hospital when Covid-19 spread in their facility, just to the morgue.
Nor when Fine Gael TDs raised the nursing home staffing levels at two subsequent parliamentary party meetings.
Nor a fortnight ago when Stephen Donnelly used the Dáil floor to reveal a nursing home with 200 staff had 70 positive tests for the virus, 19 of the 100 residents had tested positive and four have died.
Donnelly didn't get an answer. The official Government response was condemnation for the Dáil sitting at all. "Shame on you," the opposition was lectured at by Cabinet minister Josepha Madigan.
Donnelly, whose party propped up Harris's ineptitude for the past three years, tried to pin him down a fortnight ago on the supports for nursing homes, and is now rightly fed up with the promises. Despite his party's pledge to hop into bed with Fine Gael for another five years, he's not holding back on his criticism, pointing out the funding and staffing for nursing homes was announced a fortnight ago and hasn't been acted upon.
What brought about the shift in the spotlight were revelations about the scale of the outbreak in residential care facilities, prompting the crisis to be labelled a national catastrophe.
Then suddenly, there's a plan to test residents and staff in nursing homes.
When we look back on this period, the protection afforded to our most vulnerable won't be viewed benignly.
The median age of those dying is 83 and two-thirds of the deaths are in care home settings. The full picture might not even be clear yet.
Dr Myra Cullinane, the Dublin coroner, has said she is concerned that not all Covid-19 deaths, whether proven or suspected, are being reported. The HSE now admits not all deaths in nursing homes from the coronavirus have been documented as such.
Suddenly, we're being told that we're winning and the measures taken are a "huge success".
Apart from the 530 deaths.
Adopting the attitude of the Irish rugby fans in the 1990s, we're being told to cheer on a glorious defeat.
Pull on the green jersey.
Yes, the infection rates and deaths are being kept down, but let's keep an eye on the overall picture.
It's been the week when the spin got found out.
The nursing home catastrophe was not the only alarm bell going off this week.
Previously, you had the playing down of the dodgy PPE, which was so well heralded.
Then there was the false negative test results from the German lab we were told operated to the highest standards.
After repeated assurances the testing backlog was being resolved, Mary Lou McDonald's high-profile case blew that wide open as it showed the public what was really happening.
The Sinn Féin leader was waiting a whole 16 days to get the result of her test for the virus, 16 days for a mother of two children to be told if she has a deadly virus in her home.
Her case is not unique, or even the longest waiting period. The 15,000 tests a day we were promised a month ago is swept under the carpet.
After the previously dismissive attitude of the Government, Leo Varadkar adopted a respectful tone this week. Waiting in the wings, his putative successor, Micheál Martin surmised when the public loses confidence that it is being kept fully informed that unease and a refusal to follow advice are most likely to grow.
The lack of transparency is now catching the Government out and this is how it will lose the support of the public.
The Government is handling the crisis well, implementing policies effectively and calmly guiding the country through an unprecedented event.
But it can't afford to rest on the laurels of opinion polls.
In a rapidly evolving crisis, nobody expects the right decisions to be taken all the time. Mistakes will be made. The maturity to admit errors has to be shown to develop public confidence.
Transparency, scrutiny and accountability all help to build and maintain trust, leading to support for the measures you are introducing. From the last crisis, we know there is an inherent risk. Once people feel they are being spun, misled or just not being given the full picture, you lose that trust, making it even more difficult to implement policies.
In this case that's a life or death matter.
The stranger who held Charlie Bollard's hand as he took his dying breaths was called Aisling. She is a nurse in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin, and Charlie's son Martin remembers her name because he has an Aisling of his own, his daughter.
One of the most toxic elements of the coronavirus is that the road ahead never appears clearly with any obvious way forward. When it comes to the economy and what may lie ahead, the experts disagree.
There are not many events in a lifetime where everyone comes together. That was the great thing about sports. I use "was" to reflect the current absence, not a more permanent passing away of sports.
After five weeks of lockdown, more than 22,000 deaths and some 170,000 positive cases of coronavirus it seems Italy is preparing for phase two. However, what that will look like is anyone's guess.
A man walks out of the MacManus pharmacy in Ballymun, Dublin, barely visible behind the pile of paper bags of medicine he's holding in his gloved hands. He has a mask on, but you can still see him grinning behind it.
Nobody knows. That's the truth of it. They really haven't got the foggiest. How could they? And so we should be watchful of those who say they can read the tea leaves. Beware soothsayers who assure us they see around the Covid-19 corner.
'Hello, how are you?" says the voice at the other end of the line. At a time when we can't see one another, a phone call, that friendly voice in your ear saying your name, has come to mean so much.