Dáil numbers could make for strange bedfellows
Political algebra makes for some very strange equations. Common denominators can only be found using balance and logic, both of which are absent from the economic and foreign policies of Sinn Féin.
But even the most concrete of promises can lose their shape after going through the white heat of an election.
So while, to his credit, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin can issue categoric assurances that his party will not enter coalition with Gerry Adams after the next General Election, other members of his party team are less emphatic.