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'EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has already warned of “serious divergence” between the UK and the bloc on their future relationship.' Photo: Reuters

'EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has already warned of “serious divergence” between the UK and the bloc on their future relationship.' Photo: Reuters

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'EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has already warned of “serious divergence” between the UK and the bloc on their future relationship.' Photo: Reuters

It was Eisenhower who pointed out how if you pull a string you can get it to go in the required direction - push it, and it gets all out of shape going nowhere.

For the past month, political leaders have been pushing the string. It finally fell to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to give it a tug yesterday, in a serious attempt to reel in Fine Gael.

Whether it was the threat of the coronavirus or an opinion poll - showing Sinn Féin's popularity has surged to the extent that it has almost as much support as its two main rivals - that concentrated hearts and minds is irrelevant. All that matters is that serious consideration is finally being given to putting an administration together.