A humorous observation correlates how cabinet ministers ascend the steps of Government Buildings with their political ideologies.

Some of the cabinet ministers of the Fine Gael Labour coalition government are observed making their way into Government Buildings on Merrion Street in Dublin. They are: Minister for Foreign Affairs Garret FitzGerald, Minister for Justice Patrick Cooney, Minister for Health and Social Welfare and Tánaiste Brendan Corish, Minister for the Gaeltacht Tom O'Donnell, Minister for Finance Richie Ryan, Minister for Posts and Telegraph Conor Cruise O'Brien and An Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.

Keen students of politics notice that while some ministers took the steps two at a time others preferred a less adventurous approach and made their entry one step at a time.

Is there any political significance that Patrick Cooney ascends the steps two at a time, whereas Brendan Corish takes a more conservative one step approach?

Fears have been expressed that the two steppers are now one step ahead.

When asked to comment on what this means, a veteran reporter replies,

God knows.

Government Buildings were built between 1904 and 1922 by Sir Aston Webb. Several government offices are located there, including the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Finance and the Office of the Attorney General.

Frank Hall's amusing and satirical series began on 29 September 1971 with the full title 'Hall’s Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator’ which became known as ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’.

The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in the lives of viewers throughout the country. Regarded as RTÉ’s flagship comedy show, it featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, cartoons and spoof television formats. The show ran for nine series until 1980.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 9 March 1977. The reporter is Frank Hall.