While Michael D is striding around Latin America, yet again, culminating in a cosy tete-a-tete with Cuban dictator Raul Castro this Wednesday, the bookies are slashing their odds on one Bertie Ahern to become his successor.
The crafty Bert has been creeping back into the public consciousness after years in the wilderness. And it hasn't gone unnoticed with wily punters. You could get 25/1 on him ending up in the Park at the beginning of January, but after a few hefty bets he's now down to 10/1 in some outlets.
That puts him almost in the same territory as Miriam O'Callaghan!