Politics resumes with an eye on money in your pocket and general election 2016
In many houses a teenage son or daughter uses as much water in the shower as would irrigate a small African nation. It is something the family men and women in Cabinet know only too well - and it will be a big factor in a general election, which is now at most 18 months away.
Normal political working begins to kick in from this week onwards. On Wednesday afternoon the Cabinet will hold their first weekly meeting since July. Ministers will then make their first collective efforts to grapple with Budget 2015, which will be unveiled just six weeks from tomorrow, on October 14.
Also this week the various political party officials will be busy putting the final touches to those back-to-Dail "party think-ins" in various nice places around the country. The Fine Gael TDs and Senators decamp to Fota Island, overlooking Cork Harbour, on Thursday and Friday of next week. On those same days the Sinn Fein Oireachtas members will gather in Termonfeckin, just north of Drogheda, Co Louth.