Two portraits of Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera sit against the wall of an adjoining room to the Taoiseach's Office in Government Buildings.
When the Government was eventually formed in June, Micheál Martin announced he intended to hang portraits of both men in his office to mark the end of the century old Civil War between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
Martin says he's not having second thoughts on the historic political agreement - but rather he's swapping the painting of de Valera for one he has in his Leinster House office.
He's also waiting on the arrival of a portrait of one of his political heroes, Harry Boland, which is being shipped over from America.
Once it arrives, he will decide where they all hang in the office he has fought for more than three decades to hold. There are also plans for four separate pieces of art depicting the four provinces of Ireland, which signal the new Taoiseach's vision for a shared island approach to North-South relations.
The two Civil War parties, along with the Green Party, are still very much in their probation period, but Martin insists they are all getting along just fine.
Fine Gael Tánaiste Leo Varadkar's habit of publicly undermining him with his interventions on everything from travel bans to pub closures doesn't bother him one bit, he says.
"A lot of people over-read comments or interventions, but the three leaders are getting on well," he says.
But does he feel 'Leo the Commentator', who is so regularly criticised in opposition, has returned?
"Look, I honestly think I'm not one for being the commentator on the commentators," he says.
Would Micheál Martin do something like that to a government colleague?
"There's no saints around here but my job as Taoiseach is to make sure there is a cohesive government," he says.
"You've probably seen that in me, I'm more focused on the policy side of this, on the substance side of this. Not on what I would call issues of no great consequence in one sense," he says, before adding: "Maybe you might disagree with me, but that's my view."
He went on dismiss the controversy over ministerial pay as a "mountain made out of a molehill".
Mr Martin and his ministers claimed they were taking a 10pc pay cut, but it transpired they were they were all in fact earning more than the previous government, while the economy is freefall.
"We'll be giving back €25,000 and we won't be taking any pay increase in the autumn, and won't be getting pay increases for the lifetime of the Government," he adds.
On the €16,000 top-up for ministers of State who sit at Cabinet, Martin admits "people didn't think enough of the fallout from that, and that was a mistake".
"Mistakes get made, you correct them, you deal with them, but they're not to me the centrepiece of the Government. Government is meant to be about getting the laws passed that make a difference to people's lives," he says.
Mr Martin says he believes the Government has passed a record amount of legislation in its first month of office as it seeks solutions to stimulate the economy and fight Covid.
"The challenge facing Government is how do you achieve equilibrium between keeping the economy open, keeping society open, and keeping the virus at a low transmission level," he says.
Even though the virus is spreading rapidly around the country again, the Taoiseach does not foresee another nationwide shutdown.
"I mean, it doesn't have to be an overall sort of blanket shutdown again. Society is much better prepared now, construction sites are much better prepared and many places of work are much better prepared," he says.
"We are not ruling out any regional response or localised responses, for example that you seen happening in the UK and elsewhere across Europe," he says.
Asked how regional lockdown will be enforced, he said the public did a good job of policing themselves when Covid restrictions were introduced, but also noted the work of gardaí during the early phases of the crisis.
He also says the key focus and the best way to fight the virus is through testing and contact tracing.
Martin hopes there will be a vaccine for the coronavirus next year, but said there is still no certainty it will be developed in 2021. He is worried about the capacity of our hospitals this winter, when other illnesses spike. However, he is in talks with private hospitals about using their facilities.
"We're still not at the levels of what's happening in Europe but because of that international volatility - and we're very conscious of what can happen if we don't check it and nip it in the bud. That was the real motivation behind no proceeding with phase four," he adds.
The Taoiseach says the reopening of schools is his Government's key priority, as he has serious concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of children who have been without education for five months. "The development of a child is significantly negatively impacted by a prolonged school closure and that's a worry for us in terms of longer-term impact on children and their life chances," he says.