Two party leaders on a combined 66 Dáil years can't agree about a phone call
It is five weeks today since the election - and people are increasingly asking: Is there any end to this? Is there an obligatory deadline for government formation after an election?
And the short answer is: not really. It is more in the realms of what appears politically acceptable.
Yesterday's farcical exchanges between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, which followed a potential breakthrough phone call between Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny, were even more disheartening. It all suggests a very poor level of trust between two parliamentarians, who have a combined 66 years' Dáil membership, but cannot agree about the outcome of a 20-minute phone call.