Kevin Doyle: Farce shows distrust between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will be harder to get over than any policy differences
Literally 1,000 hours had passed since polling when Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin finally sat down in Room 716 between Leinster House and Government Buildings.
Such was the hype around the talks that 'neutral ground' had to be found within the sprawling complex in case anybody interpreted a trip by the Fianna Fáil leader into the Department of An Taoiseach as a positive sign. Of course, we were told Enda was "generous and open".
Meanwhile, Micheál was "engaged and willing".