It is the little things that get you, Enda
It is the little things that get you, the late Albert Reynolds was often quoted as saying. It is something Taoiseach Enda Kenny has become acutely aware of over the past couple of days, and indeed the pressure intensified further yesterday with the resignation of his preferred candidate to fill a Seanad vacancy, John McNulty, from the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Earlier, the eloquent Samantha Long, another Seanad hopeful, resigned from Fine Gael because of Mr Kenny's handling of the issue.
People have varying views on the subject of gender quotas in politics. But there is little doubt that women are underrepresented in Dail and Seanad Eireann and indeed in political life in general. While nobody doubts the ability of Mr McNulty, it was an obvious and probably unnecessary political stroke to appoint him to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art to strengthen his credentials for a seat on the Cultural and Educational panel of the Seanad.