All changed, changed utterly for the odd couple of Irish politics
Oh to have been a fly on the wall if the odd couple of politics got to have a chinwag - in the highest of secrecy - as they wondered if the companionship of their very recent past could be repeated just one more time.
Theirs was always a relationship based on the powerful bonding of mutual need. He needed her. She needed him. And they both knew it. He was the more powerful of the two - but circumstances ensured she was usually able to craft a position of near equality.
Still, he was the one who would get his way much of the time. But he was always aware that if he pushed things too far, then it would end for both of them.