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Talks need time - but we do not have much to spare

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'After the Dáil returns this Thursday, and fails to elect a new Taoiseach, the caretaker leader, Leo Varadkar, will jet to Brussels for the opening of an EU leaders' summit aimed at framing a seven- year budget plan'

'After the Dáil returns this Thursday, and fails to elect a new Taoiseach, the caretaker leader, Leo Varadkar, will jet to Brussels for the opening of an EU leaders' summit aimed at framing a seven- year budget plan'

'After the Dáil returns this Thursday, and fails to elect a new Taoiseach, the caretaker leader, Leo Varadkar, will jet to Brussels for the opening of an EU leaders' summit aimed at framing a seven- year budget plan'

This day last week, straggling election counts were still going on. But it was already clear that the Dáil arithmetic did not add up too well for the tricky business of government formation.

For the foreseeable future this may be Ireland's new normal in politics and it poses a huge challenge to all our politicians. Yes, we must acknowledge this is complicated and it will require time.


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