It looks like it's all over for the Green Party. It has washed its hands rigorously of the responsibility of government and decided to spend the next five years in the social distance of the opposition benches.
It has checked out, despite warning us that the world is facing obliteration if its policies are not implemented within the next 10 years. The planet is on fire, it said.
If we don't act soon, Mother Earth will condemn us all to damnation. Only a national retrofitting scheme can save us - and perhaps a few more cycle lanes.
Before the election, people were naturally concerned by the Green Party's predictions of impending Armageddon - mostly because the economy was in good shape and they had little else to worry about. But worry they did.
On February 8, people voted in their droves for Green Party candidates in the hope they would save their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the fast approaching climate catastrophe. When the votes were counted, 12 of them were elected to the Dáil. Surely, the biblical parallel was not lost on these apostles of the planet.
Alas, our saviours have abandoned us. Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is all for leading his troops into government but unfortunately they want to remain in the trenches tending to their allotments.
Politically, it is a gamble. Yes, the next government will have some tough decisions to make, and our electorate are a notoriously thankless lot.
But in five years' time, as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, will anyone be worrying about icebergs or rainforests if they don't have any work?
It has been left to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to seek out other governing partners to get them beyond the all-important 81 number. Fianna Fáil has 37 TDs, excluding Seán Ó Fearghaíl, who is Ceann Comhairle, and Fine Gael has 35 - giving them a total of 72.
The 12 Green TDs were their first choice because they were believed to be a cohesive group. However, one Fianna Fáil TD yesterday said: "It ended up half of them are mad hatters and the others are march hares."
So the search goes on for the third prong to their trident. The Regional Technical Group is very much in the sights of both parties.
So much so, Fianna Fáil's deputy leader Dara Calleary was spotted deep in conversation in Leinster House with the group's defacto spokesperson Denis Naughten this week. The group also includes Cathal Berry, Sean Canney, Peter Fitzpatrick, Noel Grealish, Verona Murphy, Matt Shanahan, Michael Lowry and Peadar Tóibín.
Mr Tóibín, who is leader of Aontú, previously said he is against entering into government with Fine Gael but his position has softened and he's now open to discussing the proposal. Fine Gael deputy leader Tánaiste Simon Coveney has also been tapping up Independents. Coveney has spoken to Naughten and also the other the group of Independents involving Michael Fitzmaurice, Marian Harkin and Michael McNamara. Fianna Fáil is also courting these TDs.
Coveney is very much leading the charge on the talks for Fine Gael. Some suggest it is almost a solo run as there is still a cohort in Fine Gael that wants to continue as a caretaker until the crisis is over and then either go into opposition or back to the country.
But Coveney is a dog with a bone, and is determined to form a government within the next three weeks. The acting Tánaiste has even told people he believes he can still get the Greens on board. Others in Fine Gael are less hopeful.
Fianna Fáil is also taking the talks seriously - and last Wednesday was seen as a huge day when the two Civil War parties agreed to enter into programme for government talks for the first time.
In Fianna Fáil, the Labour Party is seen a key target. Rightly or wrongly, it assumes Alan Kelly will be the new leader and believes he is more amenable to entering government than his predecessor Brendan Howlin.
If members can convince the nine regional Independents and Labour's five TDs to support the government, they have 86. Throw in Fitzmaurice's gang, and it's 89.
They'd have the numbers but also a lot of mouths to feed with chauffeur-driven cars and ministerial office plaques.
Because there won't be a lot of money for parish pump promises or regional investments in each TD's backyard.