Three of An Taoiseach's closest allies have had more than their fair share of media headlines over the last two years. Ministers Hogan, Reilly and Shatter have behaved in a most unministerial manner and many believe that each has proved themselves unfit for office.
Yet they continue to serve, with Enda firmly behind them.
Has An Taoiseach failed his Fine Gael party and his country by allowing certain Ministers to continue in circumstances where they should have stepped down? Why? Self preservation?
Surely Enda Kennys leadership has been seriously tarnished this week as yet again he chooses to allow an Irish Minister bring his position and profession into disrepute?