Last evening's Cabinet meeting had a lot on its collective mind. Ministers took the advice of the health experts by keeping pubs which are not serving food closed until August 10, they reviewed the European ruling in the Apple case, and they considered the fall-out from the sacking of Barry Cowen.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin had shown his mettle when he went from backing to sacking his agriculture minister in the space of just seven hours on Tuesday. The refusal by the Offaly TD to answer questions in the Dáil about the night he was stopped for drink-driving put all of his ministerial colleagues in an impossible situation.
They would have been constantly asked if they felt Mr Cowen had questions to answer. The row would have rumbled on during the investigations into how details of the drink-driving offence became public and the accuracy or otherwise of the Garda version of events that night. The results of both investigations would inevitably cause further controversy and more distraction from the real business of Government.
The midlands has lost a ministerial champion this week - but at least the west has belatedly got one in the promotion to Cabinet of Dara Calleary, who succeeds him in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. Geography won over gender in the appointment of the Mayo man.
The Taoiseach will be hoping that his decisive actions will take the heat out of the political row and there are certainly other major developments elsewhere to ponder over. One is the verdict on the Apple case in Europe. The General Court of the European Union ruled that the European Commission (EC) was wrong to declare that Apple had been granted a selective economic advantage in Ireland and, by extension, state aid.
The verdict was welcomed by the Government. The Taoiseach responded by saying that tax certainty had been critical to Ireland's policy of attracting foreign direct investment over 40 years and added that it would be considered by Cabinet later in the evening. The ruling will almost certainly be appealed by the EC, so an end to this saga may not be known for another year or two.
The other issue of huge public concern is the decision to keep pubs which are not serving food closed until August 10. Nightclubs will also remain closed.
Publicans have rightly been complaining about uncertainty, but there are also concerns over the increasing spread of the virus among young people recently. The views of the National Public Health Emergency Team were heeded about not easing Covid-19 restrictions next week. The team was worried in particular at the rise in the number of clusters in private households lately.
Whatever about the pubs, it's clear that the Taoiseach's bigger priority is reopening the country's 4,000 primary and second-level schools and higher education institutions in the autumn.
Other urgent issues on which Government decisions are needed include travel abroad and the July jobs stimulus package.
It's time for the Government to govern.