Hung Dail means status quo can be challenged
The lack of a clear FF or FG-led government could mean new thinking on the important issues
On the matter of government formation, there are two relevant issues: first, the question of what is in the best interests of the country, and, second, the question of what is most likely to happen.
Let's start with the country. Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising - a suitable day to take stock of where we are, and where we want to go as a nation.
There are many things we should be immensely proud of in Ireland. The United Nations has something called the Human Development Index - it's their attempt to track how well societies around the world are doing relative to each other. They give every country a score based on measurements of economic output, life expectancy and education. Of the 188 countries in the index, Ireland ranks sixth.