Máire Whelan, President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday during the  signing of  the warrant appointing Ms Whelan to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Karl Marx said history repeats itself the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. The most recent Irish instance of this principle is tha(...)