The process of forming a government is rumbling on so slowly that I'd almost forgotten we had an election. The mind can only retain interest for so long in a situation of stasis.
Corona virus - now officially labelled Covid-19 - has replaced the election in headlines and the public consciousness. The disease hadn't hit Ireland as of Thursday, but as heard on Liveline (Radio 1, Mon-Fri 1.45pm), some Irish people had been affected.
Holidaymakers in Tenerife were shocked to get a note under their door, telling them the hotel had a confirmed case. A man called George told Joe Duffy: "We're in our rooms, waiting on a doctor coming to check on us. I don't know what the outcome will be."
Lorna, staying in the same hotel, had seen police wearing masks and assumed it was because of the sandstorm which hit on Sunday.
Both remained fairly sanguine and relaxed about the situation, though, showing admirable courage under fire. "I'm not worried at all," Lorna said. "I take life as it comes."
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has recommended the Ireland-Italy rugby match on March 7 be postponed. Game On (2FM, Mon-Fri 6pm) discussed the threat to other international sporting events if this crisis drags on.
Sportswriter Ian O'Riordan said a decision will be made on the Tokyo Olympics "two months out" - in other words, late May - while the Cheltenham Racing Festival is currently "full steam ahead" but will "probably be next on the radar".
Authorities have to balance "short-term risk versus long-term gain". All it would take is one case of infection to arrive in Ireland for the consequences to be very serious.
Much cheerier was the The Infinite Monkey Cage (BBC Radio 4) podcast special on UFOs. Do aliens exist? Do they dwell among us?
You're probably thinking of that spacer who lives down the street or your weird colleague who keeps twitching and talking to himself, and concluding: yes, they certainly do.
And guess what? You're half-right. The entertaining science-comedy show gave 10 reasons why aliens probably exist… but, disappointingly, are unlikely to land on Earth.
Main reasons for the former are: there are just so many planets (hundreds of billions), the odds are in favour of life having developed on some; we've already found hundreds theoretically compatible with life; life has been found on Earth in places previously thought impossible.
On the downside, these aliens might not be intelligent or able to communicate. But the biggest problem is time: it could take thousands or millions of years for a message to reach us. Intelligent life has to co-exist at the same time here and there, which is unlikely. Pity.