So this afternoon we’ll get to know the date set by Fianna Fail for the next Irish General Election. Mr Cowen bows out of politics, but apparently bequeaths his substantial local Offaly inheritance to his brother Barry, who will go head to head with Councillor John Foley. (See the Irish Times for a current list of TDs who will definitely not be back).
Meantime, Micheal Martin almost gets to pull the stroke that brought down his soon to be erstwhile colleague, and appoints fourteen new spokesmen (well, some like Willie and John McGuinness are not so new) to the top table.
For this is a cabinet without a cabinet, at least whilst Cowen serves out his last few hours in office. It could only happen in Ireland.