Enda, listen to the words of Reynolds
It's amazing. You cross the big hurdles, and when you get to the small ones, you get tripped up.
These are the words of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in 1994 when his tenure ended.
And so the fourth successor to Reynolds, Enda Kenny, could be well warned.
After successfully steering the country through an economic abyss, the routine task of filling a vacant Seanad seat has left Mr Kenny at odds within his own party.
The sense of anger over the latest cronyism row involving Donegal businessman John McNulty is palpable. TDs want answers and the blame is being firmly pointed at the door of the Taoiseach.
While Labour has decided not to wade into the row, the appointment of Mr McNulty to a State board has left deep wounds within the main coalition partner.
As Fine Gael attempts to make this saga disappear, the Taoiseach needs to focus on greater issues such as the Budget and the economic deficit.