Only grand coalition can avert another election
Strip out the noise and nonsense. There are four simple options facing our 158 TDs as they return to Leinster House this week after the most indecisive general election in the State's history.
In short order, these four options are: a Fine Gael-led minority government; a Fianna Fáil-led minority government; a grand coalition of these two; or another election very soon.
Let's deal with the last option first. Nobody wants another early election and they will all be trying to avoid it. Elections are expensive in terms of money and human resources.