It's rare that this column finds room to mention Barry Manilow but in the context of the tortuous formation of a new government for this country, his song 'Looks Like We Made It' seems as apt as any other.
Yes, they finally made it - but what cost?
This country has endured some of the weirdest few months in our history. What started out as an election race in February soon developed the appearance of a slow-motion bike ride as all sides warily circled each other while trying to conjure up a workable arrangement.
Frankly, moving statues have operated with more speed.
More than 140 days after the vote, we finally have a new administration. How long it will last is anyone's guess but this was a matter of national emergency and while nobody will be throwing garlands in the path of the new government, it's important to remember we desperately needed to form an administration.
Crucial legislation needed to be renewed and we can breathe sigh of relief at that accomplishment, but the mulish stubbornness of the main parties will not be quickly forgotten.
This will be a government of business rather than pleasure and the incoming ministers will be all too aware of the fact that the country will be looking at them with suspicion.
The delay in getting a new government sorted out was a shambles which had the potential to turn into a catastrophe, so at a time when this nation is under the cosh to an unprecedented degree, we should be thankful for small mercies.
Micheál Martin will be most relieved of all that we have cleared this governmental impasse - which at one stage didn't seem so much of a hurdle as a veritable Becher's Brook of political intractability and intransigence. But it's important to remember this is a political marriage of inconvenience; a coalition of the unwilling which, for all the muted protests to the contrary, looks as if it has almost been designed to fail.
Dara Calleary and his supporters may be divided on whether his exclusion from Cabinet was a political stab-in-the-back or, as we have been told, a simple oversight.
But it has been interesting to note that the first volleys of criticism of the new Cabinet have come not from the Opposition but from those who are supposed to be inside the tent.
People west of the Shannon are undeniably aggrieved to be once more left without a minister at the table (Hildegarde Naughton's 'super-junior' ministry aside) and many of the appointments have been, to say the least, rather surprising.
Trying to force so many different tribes on to one reservation was always going to be a near-impossible task and, at first glance, it looks as if the negotiating teams have created a rod for their own back further down the road.
But how far down the road will this Government be allowed to travel? Does anyone genuinely think the new Cabinet will last a full term?
Certainly, the new leader of the Opposition, Mary Lou McDonald, has wasted no time in sharpening the knife. Her article in last weekend's 'Sunday Independent' could have been written by Dominic Cummings or one of Donald Trump's handlers.
She may not appreciate either comparison but she has undoubtedly learned from their playbook.
With Cummings, it was the repeated mantra of 'Get Brexit Done'. With Trump it was 'Make America Great Again'.
In McDonald's case, her approach is to endlessly repeat the word 'change'.
According to her, despite 75pc of the electorate not voting for Sinn Féin, there was a "clear mandate for change" which, she insists, wasn't just a protest vote. That, to put it mildly, is open to debate.
But unlike her rivals, she seems to have realised the trick is to take one simple message and endlessly repeat it until enough people begin to believe it.
That's fair enough from a Sinn Féin point of view - but what about the country's needs? We've been hearing a lot of malarkey from all the leaders about how it's time to put the country before their party and it will be interesting to see if the Sinn Féin leader will follow suit. Frankly, the omens don't look good.
Well aware that there remains stubborn resistance towards this coalition among many Greens, particularly the younger members who comprise the so-called "Greta wing", she liberally sowed the seeds of dissent when she condemned the Green Party for "having turned its back on change".
We may yet see some relatively high profile defections from the Greens to the Shinners, and while that may make for an interesting piece of political bloodsport, it's hardly ideal under the current circumstances. As much as we all enjoy the back and forth of political jousting, now is not the time.
Instead, and while it may not be as entertaining, we need to give this already shaky new government a chance to confront some of the issues which are hurtling down against us.
There may be national relief that we can all go back to the hairdressers but Covid-19 has already cost us €30bn and that bill is steadily rising.
Boris Johnson may have graciously taken the time to tweet a brief note of congratulations to the new government, but it has become increasingly clear that he wants a no-deal Brexit which would further cripple the Irish economy.
There is also the looming possibility of a trade war between the US and the EU which would leave us even more exposed than we already are.
So, while few people are invigorated by this new arrangement, it's better than having no arrangement at all. Particularly when you look at various dark clouds that are gathering over our heads.
Actually, forget Barry Manilow. When looking at our immediate future, the lyric 'There May Be Trouble Ahead' seems even more fitting.