Finally, a government. Now, just get on with it
It seems that after some 1,692 hours of labour pains the extremely complicated delivery of a government for the 32nd Dáil will be recorded after noon today. It must be hoped that its lifespan will be at least as long as its gestation period.
And to be fair to acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny, he has done well to secure the support of up to 12 Independents. It should also be recognised that these TDs came to the table with genuine intent. It is to be hoped that the 156-page document outlining the Programme for Government is commensurate with the serious difficulties facing both rural and urban Ireland. That would be a tall order given it is a product of compromise and expediency.
If anyone is in any doubt that 'new politics' has arrived they need only look at the likely complexion of the Cabinet.