Many will insist the 32nd Dáil was a grandiose experiment doomed to fail.
It has been derided variously as the place where political ambition went to die, a 'walking dead parliament' and the 'do-nothing Dáil'.
Tethered by the confidence and supply deal, for durability at least it has confounded its critics.
It should also be recognised that while it sat a hard Border was avoided in the North and a budget came in in surplus two years running.
But it will be remembered most for failures in health and housing - problems a new Dáil must engage with from the off.
It will also be associated with billions splashed on the roll-out of rural broadband, and the national children's hospital. Not to mention the saga of Fianna Fáil's phantom votes, and the pushing of all the wrong buttons in the chamber.
It heralded the so-called New Politics which was delivered by a propped-up minority government so legislation was gridlocked.
For the record, by the end of last year it had enacted 34 bills. There were 32 bills on the priority list and 27 at various stages.
Understandably, veteran TDs have charged it was the least productive Dáil they could remember - the abortion law being the most striking exception in getting something contentious through.
However, it is the complexion of the 33rd Dáil which now concerns us.
The political wheels are still spinning in mid-air, but the rubber will soon meet the road as the EU trade talks get under way with the UK.
Boris Johnson's position has hardened considerably. The 'level playing field' on which Brussels insists - requiring London to align with the EU as much as possible - has been dismissed.
Yet this was the pretext for the EU's basic Brexit negotiating position. Downing Street is claiming Brussels has "changed" its stance, from a previous willingness to agree a "Canada-style" free trade deal.
Such a deal was never on the table.
This country needs trade terms to be favourable to protect our ongoing €1bn-a-week trade with Britain. Stable government is essential, so getting beyond the theatrics and into the serious business of negotiations is critical.
The 'silent disco' has got to end, with each party dancing to its own tune.
Lessons must be learned from the travails of the outgoing Dáil.
Making mistakes isn't the worst problem, but doubling down to defend, or worse, repeat them would be.
Dissatisfaction at the state of public services and our two-speed economy drove voters to "vote for change". Today a series of votes will be held to elect a Taoiseach. No one is likely to be appointed.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will inevitably begin inching towards each other.
But with the door to Government Buildings still on the latch, the new tenants had better not forget who owns the premises.