There was always going to be disappointment after the three Government leaders appointed their Cabinet ministers.
Across Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party, there were 84 TDs vying for 15 jobs.
The numbers don't fit and there is no metric any of the leaders could have used to make it any fairer on a lot of their party members.It is near impossible (actually, it is impossible) to have a Cabinet reshuffle without disappointing more than half your party.
It was always going to be that way for Micheál Martin. The Fianna Fáil leader must have been fully aware that he was going to face a backlash for appointing his deputy Dara Calleary as Chief Whip - which is a junior Cabinet position. Why else would he call Calleary to his office last when all the other ministries had been allocated?
Calleary has publicly spoken of his disappointment over the decision and the difficult conversation he had with Martin over what has been called an "appalling snub" by some of his colleagues. But, to Martin's credit, he did seek to appoint ministers on ability over loyalty.
Calleary is a natural networker and peacemaker, and he will play a pivotal role in ensuring all three parties vote in favour of potentially unpopular Government legislation.
The Mayo TD will also be a point of contact with the Independent deputies who voted for Martin to be Taoiseach and this will be crucial when things get difficult among the coalition parties. There will undoubtedly be occasions when TDs from all three parties kick up and refuse to back certain legislation.
Coalition governments force party leaders to appoint their best to the cabinet table. Deadwood is cast adrift and only those seen as capable are given top jobs. In majority, or near majority governments, there is more pressure on leaders to appoint TDs to ministries that may not match the individual's capabilities.
There are people in the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party annoyed after they were not given jobs. But those who did get the nod have the potential to be among the best ministers the country has ever had.
There are some ministers who have serious questions hanging over them - especially those who have never served in office and are now overseeing crisis departments.
The rotating Taoisigh put forward their best teams in the circumstances.
The focus will now shift to the junior ministry appointments and the neglected west of Ireland will be hoping that the two party leaders make amends for the perceived slight on the region in their cabinet selections.
Martin will be under pressure to reward those who have supported him during the Fianna Fáil opposition years, but if he appointed his cabinet based on ability he will have apply the same standards to his junior line up. Otherwise, he will leave himself open to more criticism from a party that could quickly become very divided despite having realised their goal of entering government. Who knows what could happen then?
Remember, Enda Kenny was forced to set out his exit date less than 18 months after being re-elected Taoiseach.