If there was ever a country where the current horsemeat burger scandal just shouldn't happen, it's horse-loving Ireland.
If there is to be no public inquiry, should we perhaps at least have a stewards' inquiry?
There are few among us who'd ever countenance eating horse.
The supermarkets, the meat processors and suppliers who may have questions to answer, now have a duty to explain themselves and compensate each person who has eaten a processed burger over the last few years. It may be the only way they learn, by consumers taking them to court.
There will now be many an opportunistic lawyer with form jockeying into position to take these cases on a 'no foal, no fee' basis.