The 'changing' face of Irish politics looks very familiar this morning, but it is playing a new tune.
When Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin met in Government Buildings last night they maintained the social distance was greater than a century of political difference.
Eamon Ryan's presence merely ensured the hand of history had green fingers.
All three are pragmatic men, perhaps to a fault.
Varadkar didn't want to be in this scenario at all. In the days after the General Election, he mentally prepared himself and his surviving TDs for opposition. He even talked about how it would finally give him an opportunity to stop worrying about the country and start focusing on the Fine Gael party.
Martin fought the election on the basis that he wouldn't allow this day to come. He insisted the voters were "very clear" that they "want Fine Gael out of office". He has gone back on his promise but is anybody surprised?
As for Ryan, the Green Party leader is exactly where he hoped to be and yet ironically is the most 'embattled' of all.
If this government was to last until 2025, there is a very strong possibility that none of the three would be at the top table by then. For the first time ever, we could have three leadership races inside a coalition government.
Far from stability, they are offering us years of political games even if power does solidify their positions.
Catherine Martin is already plotting to oust Eamon Ryan before the work of government begins.
The Dublin-Rathdown TD is the most powerful woman in Irish politics right now. Her behind-the-scenes activities in the next week will decide whether two-thirds of Green members approve the programme for government.
If it falls, Ryan will have to resign. Should it pass, then many in the party may see her as a best 'enforcer' who can take on Martin and Varadkar when they inevitably try to row back on green elements of it.
By the time the Dáil comes back from its summer recess, Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald will have taken over the mantle as Ireland's most powerful woman so Catherine Martin needs to use her window of opportunity wisely.
The Greens will get the climate action and transport portfolios in the new government with Ryan and Martin expected to take one each, regardless of the leadership battle. A third cabinet seat will most likely go to a first-time TD from outside the capital.
Micheál Martin will take over as Taoiseach in a cabinet that faces a serious gender issue. His 'Reservoir Dogs' march up Merrion Street yesterday saw him flanked by five men and just one woman.
Fianna Fáil will get six cabinet seats. Bad blood will boil when the 'Mercs and perks' are handed out - but for obvious reasons that won't be until after the party has approved the final deal. There is already a well-organised lobby within the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party that is set to campaign against the coalition and Martin doesn't need disappointed allies added to their ranks.
Sources say Fianna Fáil will get housing and health - the two portfolios that crippled the last government in the run up to the General Election.
Martin's constituency colleague Michael McGrath (Cork South Central) is in line for a finance role while deputy leader Dara Calleary (Mayo) is guaranteed a big job. Thomas Byrne (Meath East) will be angling for a new higher education ministry. Barry Cowen (Laois/Offaly) will represent the midlands. And as the only woman on the negotiating team, Anne Rabbitte (Galway East) seems a shoo-in.
Then there will be a battle among the Dubs including Darragh O'Brien, Jack Chambers and Jim O'Callaghan.
No amount of 'super juniors' will keep everybody happy.
Varadkar has to worry about himself first. As Tánaiste he will want to keep himself in the spotlight but out of the firing line. Sources suggest he may take a new business ministry that would allow him be the one splashing the cash as the country tries to spend its way to a Covid recovery.
Simon Harris is being tipped for education and childcare, the two areas struggling to find their post-pandemic 'normal'. Simon Coveney and Paschal Donohoe will continue their high-profile work, while Heather Humphreys will survive but move office.
Fine Gael TDs expect Helen McEntee's star will rise at the expense of Josepha Madigan. And there is no saving Eoghan Murphy, Charlie Flanagan, Richard Bruton, Michael Creed, Joe McHugh or Michael Ring. That means Varadkar will have his own challenge to maintain unity.
Communication between the three leaders in the new coalition will be key. There will be a specific protocol in place for flagging day-to-day issues, big announcements and unforeseen controversies.
But they must also be very aware of the enemies within their own ranks.