Fear of an election is starting to spread - but power could yet be handed over without a vote
The fear of an election is spreading beyond politicians. The electorate has little appetite for another messy election campaign if the present Dáil collapses. The same could be said for party workers and those who run the party organisations.
The media are normally less inhibited, devouring the political options and writing more than is good for them. But it may be different this time around.
The present situation is undoubtedly made more sombre by the background, and particularly by the circumstances under which Sgt Maurice McCabe has suffered.