Independents need to forget parish pump and prove they can play with the big boys
It's 40 days (and nights) today since the General Election - that seems appropriate, given that the number 40 is associated with judgment and testing in the Bible.
But once the - inevitably inconclusive - vote for Taoiseach takes place this afternoon, then it's time to start bringing the new Dáil out of the political desert and end this period of 'trial'. In non-biblical terms, it's time to get serious about forming a government.
There have been hundreds of thunderous letters written to newspapers in the past month from angry readers demanding Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil "grow up and stop behaving like children" and do a deal "in the national interest". Tens of thousands of column inches too along the same lines (with even sports writers getting in on the "something must be done" act).