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Will we see the white smoke signalling a decision - or is Leo waving the white flag?

Ian O'Doherty


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Missing the point: FF’s Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar during the election. Both have failed to help form a government, but Mr Varadkar’s sulking is a gift to Sinn Féin. Photo: PA

Missing the point: FF’s Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar during the election. Both have failed to help form a government, but Mr Varadkar’s sulking is a gift to Sinn Féin. Photo: PA

Missing the point: FF’s Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar during the election. Both have failed to help form a government, but Mr Varadkar’s sulking is a gift to Sinn Féin. Photo: PA

When it is time to elect a new pope, the cardinals are locked into the Sistine Chapel until they choose a new leader.

With the best will in the world, the Dáil is no Sistine Chapel. 

But for many of us, the idea of locking the main parties into a room - and not letting them out until we see the white smoke signalling a decision - is becoming an increasingly attractive one.