“watching Cowen and wondering what it was about him yesterday that was so different..”

At Irish Election, Cian probably has the measure of picturegate Cowengate portraitgate.. Portraits which, according to an Irish Times report, made their appearance almost three weeks ago.. Meanwhile Suzy poses a key question – “I wonder how morale in the newsroom is?” And, as ever, Miriam Lord is majestic in the Irish Times.

How dare some idiot with a paintbrush sully the dignity of the office of An Taoiseach. Who does he think he is – Bertie? Does he really think he can get away with such an outrage? Who does he think he is – Seanie FitzPatrick? Fingers Fingleton? High on their own indignation, Cowen’s knicker-twisters imposed an immediate fatwa on the man who painted a rude little picture of their boss. In the interests of the bigger picture. Hanging is too good for them. Instead, expect the images to appear on a T-shirt near you before the weekend is out. So that’s another job well done by Brian’s backroom boys.

[Any word on those charges? – Ed] It was, apparently, glued not nailed to the wall.. [Which “other senior politicians”? – Ed] Now, about the economy..