Two major issues have hit the government over the past 24 hours - the refusal to apologise for the Magdalene laundries and the emerging farce of the on-off P-Note deal. Could the confluence of events bring down the government?
We already knew that the Labour party is very unhappy over the refusal of the Taoiseach to make a clear apology to the women enslaved in the Magdalene laundries by the State. Whether this in itself would be enough to bring down the government is unlikely, although one remembers Albert Reyolds' observation that "it's the little things that trip you up".
But tonight we are learning that the supposed deal between the ECB and the government over the Anglo promissory notes is not agreed. This is far from the first time that the government have hyped up a supposed breakthrough, before having to back down. The Labour party have made clear recently that this a major issue for them, with Gilmore threatening a coalition collapse if a deal is not secured. If the government is not able to convince the ECB over the next 24 hours to accept their proposal, will Labour say "enough is enough" and pull the plug?