The brouhaha surrounding Joe Brolly's verbal volley against Sean Cavanagh and the Tyrone gaelic football team have deflected attention away from the real story of the GAA this year.
It is the season of summer schools, and the air is heady with talk of political reform.
The government is not slow to tell the banks to "get on with it" when dealing with the mortgage crisis. But behind the scenes, ministers recognise one very tricky reality.
During the 1980s and the 1990s - and very likely before then - planning corruption was rife in Co Dublin, and almost certainly elsewhere as well.
Getting "rid of" the troika and exiting the bailout programme is seen as a big goal for the government.
It was good that the government engineered a deal on the promissory note which will save about €1 billion from the budget arithmetic next year.
The amazement that has greeted Lucinda Creighton's resignation as a junior minister is a slightly depressing commentary on our political system.
The banks were given taxpayers' money as part of a recapitalisation deal. One part of this was that they had enough capital to deal with bad debts.
While no government can magic economic growth out of thin air, it is in the government's power to make economic growth as job-friendly as possible.
Why has there not been a comprehensive public inquiry into Ireland's banking collapse?
The British chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, delivered one of his two annual financial statements to parliament last week.
Whether ministers admit it or not, the process of preparing for the next budget is already under way.
The G8 meeting was always going to end with some flowery words on taxation and not a lot of specifics.
If Enda Kenny really wants to abolish the Seanad, he will have to come up with better arguments than those he has so far supplied.
The IMF is correct in the conclusions of a report published last week, which said that Greece's debt should have been restructured much earlier in the crisis.