THE people have spoken and returned a Dail with no clear frontrunner to lead a Government.
However, despite Fianna Fail currently being cool on the idea of going into power with left-wing figures,who would be included in a ‘fantasy football’ style-Cabinet if the idea got off the ground?
Roughly divvied up by the number of seats each party got, here’s how it could look.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin commands the most Dail seats – just about. He has considerable experience, including as Foreign Affairs minister, and would take the first year in a rotating Taoiseach post.
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald would become the first woman Taoiseach in year two.
In the meantime, the Dublin Central TD would be at Social Protection to deliver on her promise to return the qualification agefor the State pension to 65.
Fianna Fail deputy leader Dara Calleary’s genial manner would make him an ideal candidate to be Ireland’s top diplomat.
Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Pearse Doherty could get the top job at the Department of Finance where he would be able to attempt a crackdown on insurance companies.
Fianna Fail would seek to rein in the more radical left-wing proposals with Barry Cowen in the Department of Public Expenditure.
Independent TD Denis Naughten is a highly experienced TD with a strong track record on law and order.
As Minister for Justice, he would be a neutral figure between the FiannaFail/Sinn Fein divide.Dublin Mid-West SinnFein TD Eoin O Broin literally wrote the book on how he believes the housing crisis can be solved.
He’d get the housing brief and would seek to drive a major boost in the construction of social homes.
Dublin North-West’s Roisin Shortall – co-leader of the Social Democrats –chaired the Committee that came up with Slaintecare, the all-party plan to reform the health service.
She would be well-placed to implement its proposals as Minister for Health.
Anne Rabbitte has been Fianna Fail’s children’s spokesperson and is an obvious candidate to oversee a newly merged Department of Education and Children.
Sinn Fein’s Louise O’Reilly, the no-nonsense TD from Dublin Fingal, could be installed as Transport Minister.
She knows the challenges faced by hard-pressed commuters in a constituency that’s also home to Dublin Airport and the planned Metro Link rail service.Green Party leader Eamon Ryan would obviously be made for the role of Minister for Climate Action and the Environment.
He would seek to increase Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions targets to more ambitious reductions of 8pc per year.
Former Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy could be appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
He represents a border constituency where farmers are on the front-line of the Brexit challenge and his experience in Europe may help in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) talks.
Fianna Fail’s Michael McGrath would be a good candidate for Business Minister.He’s been the party’s finance spokesman and represents a city – Cork – that’s home to tech giant Apple so he knows the importance of foreign direct investment.
Independent TD Catherine Connolly could become Minister for Communications, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
The Galway-based Gaeilgeoir, as one of the chief inquisitors of the last Dail’s Public Accounts Committee, would be well suited to scrutinising the controversial National Broadband Plan (NBP).