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There may be trouble ahead but our shaky new government needs to be given chance

Ian O'Doherty


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Unlikely allies: The new Cabinet has emerged under Taoiseach Micheál Martin after weeks of talks between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Photo: Frank McGrath

Unlikely allies: The new Cabinet has emerged under Taoiseach Micheál Martin after weeks of talks between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Photo: Frank McGrath

Unlikely allies: The new Cabinet has emerged under Taoiseach Micheál Martin after weeks of talks between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Photo: Frank McGrath

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.