Fianna Fáil's lust to be biggest party again will trigger election by 2017
The best-case scenario for the life expectancy of the 32nd Dáil is probably a matter of months - it is very unlikely to reach a second birthday.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiators seem intent on putting together some flimsy, prefab-type structure; not being designed for permanency, it will be blown away by the first storm.
Thus temporary measures to get around the current impasse are sought. The new celebrity Independents talk a good game about mandating a government for a minimum of three budgets but they carry no authority.