We must break deadlock - but our options are very limited

'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.' Photo: PA

John Downing

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.