Nation's anxiety must be eased
The manner of its election, which was in doubt until the final moments, bodes ill for the long-term future of the new Government comprising a chastened Fine Gael party and an array of Independent TDs who individually may come highly regarded in their constituencies but who collectively could hardly be said to be fully representative of the collective will and ingenuity of the country.
That said, the new Government should be welcomed and wished well in its endeavours, and bid a fair wind with which to get there. The time and effort put into the process of government formation by those who have participated must be duly acknowledged, even if a prevailing sense of impermanence lies uneasily in the firmament.
Fianna Fail will now facilitate the new administration on votes of financial matters and confidence, but will also seek to carve out a separate identity as the lead party of opposition, to have either the best or worst of both worlds, depending on perspective. There is undoubtedly an element of opportunism to Fianna Fail's positioning of itself, the result of which is to present the country with what has been referred to as "new politics" to be administered in the form of consensus minority government. It would not do to approach this new dispensation with too cynical a heart, other than to say that the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.