I received a screenshot of the results of an opinion poll over the weekend with the comment, “This could hardly be true?” The indication was that of the three parties in Government, only opinion of Fine Gael was moving in a positive trajectory. I queried what my WhatsApp political analyst buddy made of this? The response: “Sleepy Ryan to blame.”

Eamon Ryan’s nap is just the latest furore the Green Party leader has brought on himself. While apologising and acknowledging that it was not acceptable, he attributed it to “working night and day all the time flat out, full steam”.