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.
And so we got there. Only just, but Enda Kenny got over the line. He made history as the first Fine Gael leader to be re-elected Taoiseach. There won't be much time for celebration though. I doubt any parties have stood down their election plans.
The former secretary-general at the Department of Finance, John Moran, has strongly criticised the membership of the new Dail for refusing to engage in a "mature debate" on the future of rural Ireland - and warned that the country can no longer afford to subsidise the personal choices that people make, when they elect to live in the countryside.
We were always more likely to get a cuckoo clock than an expensive Swiss watch given the scarcity of available parts for the 32nd Dáil. How long it will tick or how reliable it will be is anyone's guess. Nobody was elected to the Dáil to be a bystander, bit player or a perpetual naysayer. But too many sat on their hands.
The new Government has promised a raft of changes in banking policy that will benefit consumers and bring the banks to heel. But the question is, will it be able to deliver, or will it come up against the same roadblocks the previous administration did trying to force variable rate cuts and sort out the arrears mess?
It was the whiskey bottles of sweet tea wrapped in tea towels and hand-delivered by my mother that sticks in my memory most. Under cloudless skies, the sun glistened off the sweaty skin of my grandfather while my father, alongside neighbours, sat on the banks of the bog, wellies dangling over the edge.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, someone once wisely said. The agreement to support - up to a point - a minority government led by Fine Gael is indeed a historic change. The contents of what it intends to do look wearily familiar.
From the 'Boxer' of Westmeath to the doctor of Clare, 15 Independent TDs and the two Green Party deputies took the bold decision to enter government formation talks almost 70 days ago. Unlike their colleagues from other political parties, such as Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats, this motley crew of politicians were prepared to take a risk.
Brussels diplomats like to say: "EU treaty negotiations begin with high diplomacy - and end in a dirty row over fish quotas." In Ireland's case, the 10-week quest for this extraordinary hybrid Government began with lofty talk about "new politics" - and ended with a row over turf-cutting, which almost derailed the project right on deadline.
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