With government formation dominating the conversation, issues that seemed so vital a few short weeks ago have disappeared off the agenda. What hasn't disappeared is the persistent anxiety afflicting me since the pension panic put the government on the backfoot.
In the middle of the row, it struck me I don't really have a pension, so my old age will be a slow slide from genteel poverty into pauperism.
The problem is I never thought much about retiring because I never really knew anyone who retired. Most of my relations are farmers, who gradually slowed down; and their wives, who rarely had paid formal work, but remained busy and active contributing to their families and communities.
My paternal grandmother was famously productive, teaching piano into her 80s.
Without a role model of a leisurely elderly life, it never occurred to me there would come a time when I would be unable to support myself.
In addition, I used to see a typical corporate career as being incompatible with motherhood. I was made redundant on maternity leave after I had my first baby. Even though it may have been illegal, I didn't care enough to object.
All I wanted to do back then was stay at home with my babies and enjoy them. I lacked the ambition and, crucially, the expectation to plan a path to the C-suite and simply considered myself privileged to be able to stay at home.
It was the right decision then, even though I've the odd twinge of regret. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to secure a newspaper column - my version of egg-money - which I could write from home.
It was a win-win then, but of course only a short-term win.
So now I find myself, as many women do, with a significant number of missing years that men spent paying PRSI and pension payments.
What worries me though, is not that I'll have to keep working beyond 65 to support myself, but that I won't be let work.
The point being that the pension narrative has focused heavily on the injustice of forcing people to work longer and not enough on the idea that some people may want to keep going.
It's absolutely true that those who had a life of hard physical labour aren't able to carry on late into their 60s.
On the other hand, distinguished neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, in his book 'The Changing Mind', explores how best to preserve one's mental faculties and health in old age.
He concludes retirement is a "disaster" and the one thing we should not do is slow down. If you can't keep working, he warns us to volunteer.
Loneliness, a real risk for those who stop working, is worse for your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
But recent court cases, like Anne Roper's against RTÉ, are focused on the gap between the contracted retirement age (65) and the payment of the State pension (66 and rising) and the pretence they are entitled to Jobseekers' Allowance in between.
But what about those who don't want merely to "bridge the gap" but to keep working?
Yet they can't, because ageism is the last acceptable discrimination. As far as I can see, most employers can't wait to get older workers out the door.
The public sector did the right thing and gave employees the choice to continue working until 70. In the wild-west of the private sector, the old contracted age of 65 is still being enforced.
I chatted about this with Tony Devine from the Grey Matters Network, an association that matches older workers into businesses.
He says there is no objective evidence that older workers are less productive and points to an EU study that concludes some aspects of cognitive ability such as control and ability to reason increase with age. Depression and anxiety are less common among older workers, while skill, experience and judgemental compensate for any losses in physical function.
Devine also refers to a 'Forbes' study demonstrating that intergenerational teams deliver better decision-making. The upshot is that older workers have masses of experience and know how to get things done.
But when people think of "inclusive" teams they think about gender, race and sexual orientation - not age.
In 2012 unemployment was 16.9pc and now it's under 5pc - what's considered full employment.
Companies are really struggling to find workers yet I suspect, if a recruiter is honest, the CV from someone in their 60s is automatically rejected.
Third Age, an organisation for older people, is running a series of free events with Accenture called Navigate Your Future over the next two weeks in Dublin, Athlone and Cork, to help older workers evaluate their skills, which is great.
But having accustomed ourselves to the concept of a cliff edge between the working and non-working life, unwinding the idea of being put out to pasture requires a big cultural shift.
Now, the idea of trailing to work on dark winter mornings in 20 years doesn't exactly fill my heart with excitement.
But neither does hitting a benchmark age and one's life changing irrevocably.
To most people, retirement means finally having the time to enjoy life. But no one enjoys being poor. It's funny when you think about it: once the right to retire was the good fight to be fought, but for many the right to work is now the new frontier.