The government has had a dreadful few weeks, lurching from one mess to another.
It does matter to society who owns and controls the media.
Ever since the crisis broke, the main Irish banks have been slow to face up to reality.
An uncomfortable period lies ahead for RTE, with the publication of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland report into the Prime Time defamation of Father Kevin Reynolds.
A country where citizens pick and choose which laws they will obey cannot function normally.
We should not kid ourselves about the extent of the financial difficulty facing us as a nation. Getting out of this will not be easy.
An initial step. That was the way Michael Noonan portrayed the deal to replace the cash payment due from the exchequer on the banking promissory note with a long-term bond.
Another chapter ensued in the sorry tale that Eircom's history has become, when an interim examiner was appointed to the company last Friday.
People should pay the household charge. The fundamental reason is that not doing so is breaking the law.
Clear thinking is needed about the potential deal with the troika over our historic banking debts and a restructuring of the financial sector.
The government has assured the UN and ICTU that it intends to legislate for its commitments to ensure collective bargaining rights for workers.
It is of the utmost importance that this country gets a deal to lighten the burden of its banking debt.
The St Patrick's Day ministerial exodus is about to start - accompanied, no doubt, by the usual headlines about junketeering politicians.
Ireland's banking sector still has a way to go in facing up to reality.
The scale of the mess over the new children's hospital is almost beyond belief.