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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald pictured at the RDS count centre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald pictured at the RDS count centre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald pictured at the RDS count centre, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

If forming a government was a poker game, Mary Lou McDonald holds the aces. For Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar, it's about playing a poor hand well. But this won't be enough, as it takes no account of the potential for bluffing, of which there will be plenty in days ahead.

Yet with the future of our country in the pot, everyone should think carefully about the stakes.

Mastering probability theory is beyond most of us, so predicting what form of government emerges is anyone's guess. The election has at least clarified responsibilities as much as expectations.