Paddy is warier about election gifts than Enda and Joan think
Coalition may find itself caught in unexpected trouble on spending and tax if they are not careful
In theory, success in Irish politics is quite simple. If you want to be in government, the party that can best find out what on earth it is that Paddy wants is on the road to El Dorado.
That, of course, is where the simplicity ends.
Finding out what Paddy wants, given that Paddy himself is often quite unsure, can be quite the moveable feast... or 14-year famine if you get it wrong as the Rainbow Coalition did in 1997.