While Green Party leader Eamon Ryan was tip-toeing through the jungle of government formation and a leadership challenge he needed to avoid any slips.
But he had to apologise for using a racial slur in the Dáil at a time when the issue of race is prompting demonstrations worldwide.
Will there be lasting damage?
A leading voice in the Green Party, Dan Boyle, tells the Your Politics podcast that Mr Ryan's leadership has not been undermined by the comments.
The podcast also hears how a visit to a hairdresser is not just about hair and what will happen if the government formation talks implode. With Maggie Doyle, Mary Regan and Mícheál Lehane.
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