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One week later, it's complex and obvious that making a government will take time

John Downing


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Taoiseach in waiting?: Mícheál Martin wants to lead the country but has ruled out a coalition with Sinn Féin. Photo: Getty Images

Taoiseach in waiting?: Mícheál Martin wants to lead the country but has ruled out a coalition with Sinn Féin. Photo: Getty Images

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Taoiseach in waiting?: Mícheál Martin wants to lead the country but has ruled out a coalition with Sinn Féin. Photo: Getty Images

Let's look at what we do know - and rate the various options.

1. Nobody wants another early general election: That view is shared by all shades of opinion at Leinster House. An opinion poll published yesterday suggested that only about one in seven voters wants to see an early return to the polls.

But those wishes will not of themselves stave off another election. In 1981/1982, with the economy teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, it took three elections over 18 months to give stable government.