TAOISEACH Micheál Martin may be having a 'woof' time with the Brexit talks on 'paws', but he has been credited with at least one Christmas miracle after helping reunite a lost rescue dog with his owner.
Pup Tipper had vanished from the Carrigaline, Co Cork, home of Michele Geary last weekend.
The desperate owner had gone looking for her pet and had posted appeals for information on his whereabouts on social media.
However, there was no sign.
Incredibly, Tipper was found after he stole the show at a Cork press conference where Mr Martin was opening a new affordable housing estate in Carrigaline.
The friendly pup ignored all social distancing guidelines as he happily sought an ear-scratching from assembled politicians, journalists, photographers and even gardaí at Mr Martin's press conference.
Tipper even made the RTÉ and Virgin Media news bulletins as he wandered happily after the Taoiseach around the new estate.
Showing media training worthy of a professional, Tipper kept returning to the cameras.
Photographer Daragh MacSweeney of Provision captured a remarkable image of Tipper staring directly into the camera lens - while the Taoiseach looks on apparently bemused.
Eagle-eyed locals realised he was Michele's lost pup.
Michele said she was relieved to have been reunited with her pet.
"Thank you to everyone," she posted on the Carrigdhoun Facebook page.