“an act of self-flagellation

The Irish Times reports that Fianna Fáil backbench TDs are angry at the eagerness of three junior Ministers to fall on their swords whilst the Irish Examiner reports that the number willing to do so has increased to 11 out of the 20 – “Seven junior ministers, including two who are on the Taoiseach’s trade mission to Japan, could not be contacted for comment yesterday.”