The shortest honeymoon in political history came to a shuddering halt this week, almost before it began.
No one was more surprised than Father Micheál Martin when Willie O’Dea complained to the press of the ‘bitter insult’ done to the gentle people of ‘the third city’.
Party managers have O’Dea on speed dial for those situations where they need someone to play mudshield but only realized their mistake when ‘the Limerick Leader’ answered the phone.
In keeping with tradition, local die-hards bravely insisted the Taoiseach “couldn’t have known” about the decision to bypass O’Dea for a ministerial appointment.
Notably, they didn’t include Willie.