The Green Party's urgent conflicts revive a recurring question in Irish politics: are all parties that "stand for something" doomed by their ideologies? The big catch-alls, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, certainly have in part prospered because of their choice to travel lightly in the ideology department. Apart from anything else, it also allowed these "two big beasts" to steal the clothes of those pesky smaller rivals who at times also did great damage to them.
Six months ago she was a little-known county councillor. Now the first-time TD has been given this embattled Government's No1 challenge. Can Education Minister Norma Foley deliver the smooth opening of the schools shut by coronavirus since March 12 last?
There are various explanations for the origins of the phrase: "With one bound our hero was free." My favourite begins with the unlikely tale of a writer going on a drinking binge, getting into a heap of trouble at work, and then redeeming the case. The last element may be the only really unlikely bit.
Charlie Haughey and PJ Mara picked at their chicken and chips while their host for the evening, Seán Keegan, sat opposite them with an empty plate. Eventually, a waitress arrived with a large steak cooked to the point of incineration.
There is an old Brussels postcard dating from the 1970s which frames the best identikit European man by rehashing every possible national stereotype. Ideally, he - and this is a male stereotype - would be... sober as an Irishman, humble as a Frenchman, as humorous as a German, as organised as an Italian, as generous as a Dutchman and have the cooking skills of a Brit.
Just for once the timing favoured Micheál Martin's ill-starred three-legged Coalition. There was intense relief in news at breakfast time on Wednesday that the lower EU court overturned a 2016 Commission ruling that the giant tech firm Apple owed €13bn in back taxes due to favourable Irish tax treatment.
All cards on the table face up. That's not a bad place to start. This writer has looked at life from two very different sides. I was a well-paid adviser from July 2007 onwards, with an exaggerated job title and a posh office in Government Buildings.
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