The problem: Seanad Éireann - always the poor relation in law-making - has taken centre stage. In practice, the Seanad ceases to exist at midnight on Sunday.
Long-winded processes to elect 49 of the 60 senators conclude early next week with vote counting done by the end of that week.
Under Article 18.3 of Bunreacht na hÉireann the final 11 Seanad members must be nominated by "the Taoiseach who is appointed next after the re-assembly of Dáil Éireann".
Leo Varadkar was elected by the previous Dáil and, so, does not have that appointing power.
Parliament will be incomplete. Emergency laws are to be passed today by TDs, and tomorrow are being put through by the 'new Dáil' and the 'old Seanad'.
From Monday that cannot happen. If we need more emergency coronavirus laws - and we will - this Seanad crux has to be fixed.
Option 1 - A lawyerly fix: Call in the lawyers - especially the constitutional experts. Ask them for their cleverest devices to get around this one purely on a temporary basis.
Given the extraordinary circumstances, with what amounts to an international plague, this can surely be done. The downside is what amounts to a caretaker government is already operating on a lawyerly type fix.
It got nothing like a majority in the February 8 election and its political credibility is questionable.
Option 2 - National Government: A well-intentioned idea championed by the Green Party. It poses three huge problems.
Firstly, it does not look like happening. Secondly, such a disparate group will not give us swift and clear crisis directions. Thirdly, now is not the time for political experiments.
It is the least likely way through this national political dilemma.
Option 3 - Speed up coalition-making: We are deep into week seven since the nation voted. The balkanised result posed few options. But the few real options were clear once the votes were counted, and we were here before in 2016.
Yet, the realpolitik is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is the only one showing an eagerness to deal quickly. Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar continues as Taoiseach and has less incentive.
Sinn Féin continues to have a shilling each way - decrying exclusion from government-making which they were never keen on anyway. The Green Party says "national government or nothing", while Labour and the Social Democrats are still on the sidelines. None of this suggests a necessary speedy outcome.
Option 4 - Keep the one we have: A deal could be done between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and others to keep the current Government going until the coronavirus threat abates. The real benefits are that the current ministers know the run of the system and so far have provided good, well-communicated leadership.
It's a big problem for Fianna Fáil. Not only does that look horribly like confidence and supply, Varadkar and Fine Gael are carving out real political credibility. But this may be the only option.