Messrs Coveney and Cowen have to avoid burying the hatchet in each others' heads in a personalised row
One thing has remained unchanged in the 13 months since this 32nd Dáil convened for the first time on March 10 of last year.
There is absolute unanimity that nobody - from the radical left to the most conservative right - wants an election for quite some time to come.
Now that this water charge fiasco is emerging crazily from the political parking lot in which it has languished since last May, that view is reinforced. The mantra: "We don't want an early election" has been extended to take in the addendum - "especially not an election about water charges".