'Make room for nature' was one of the Green Party's mantras during the general election campaign.
But "make room for it where" seems to have been the question during government formation talks. Eventually, after the best part of a week of blank faces, a home was found for it - in the department that deals with homelessness.
The decision to move nature protection to housing was met with alarm among environmental groups.
"Ministers are throwing the biodiversity crisis onto a department already dealing with a housing crisis," noted Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland. It joined with the Irish Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, An Taisce, SWAN and the Environmental Pillar in calling for the creation of a dedicated Department of the Environment.
But Housing is now Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and Heritage is where we'll find all things to do with nature and biodiversity for the next five years.
At least it's one of the places. Depending on the kind of nature you're after, you may find it in the Department of Agriculture and the Marine, which also has forestry.
It may be in Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport which has natural resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Public Expenditure and Reform may have it because it has the Office of Public Works which has flooding and coastal erosion.
Tourism may be the place to look because our national parks and attractions are more often treated first and foremost as tourism fodder.
Or it might be back in Housing again as Housing has planning which includes the marine planning framework.
In a way, that's how it should be. Nature is everywhere and it should be considered in all government policy under all government departments.
But traditionally, spreading it around a myriad departments was not informed by a desire to reinforce its importance but rather by a "kick it around until you lose it" strategy.
The outgoing government signalled a different approach when it declared a climate and biodiversity emergency last year.
Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien wasn't in the Dáil chamber for the declaration but then nor were any of his party even though Fianna Fáil were behind the vote that led to the historic move.
That's not to say he won't do a good job, particularly if he gives his new junior, the Green Party's Malcolm Noonan, the time, authority and resources to get stuck into the heritage brief, which he has been gifted along with electoral reform.
Sadly, the most radical electoral reform in the world won't give the birds and bees the vote so they need a champion in government.
Noonan appeared genuinely delighted about his portfolio when it was announced the day before the European Commission informed us they're taking us to court for a litany of environmental failures.
In seeking to get an official response to this news, the Irish Independent went on a dizzying tour of a range of government departments looking for the room wherein nature dwelt.
A day and a half later, two responses came back with different quotes attributed to Minister Noonan. One referred to the need for resources to tackle the failings and one didn't which was interesting in itself.
But both stressed we'll be filing a defence to the claims.
Already nature's room in this coalition looks to be in a windowless attic with little headroom and the ladder pulled permanently away.