It is a week since the people have spoken, but claims key players have turned a deaf ear to what was demanded are getting louder. The old order was shaken, yet the results were not so resounding as to bestow an absolute automatic right to any single party to be in government. This does not however take from the necessity of forming one.
A sense of discernible shock still reverberates around Leinster House. Neither Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael nor Sinn Féin alone can dictate the make-up of the new administration. This has to be done by agreement.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael enjoyed a duopoly for a century. They may argue this sets them aside. Sinn Féin might contend its solidarity and struggle to be mainstream puts it in a unique position.
Voters have already given a stern verdict on how they perceive any presumption of entitlement from any quarter.
Amid all the babble of talk of change, a few fundamental truths are being overlooked.
Scarcely a decade ago we lost the right to govern ourselves, yielding sovereignty to the Troika. Ireland's national debt also remains higher per head than anywhere else in Europe, and could soar to perilous levels following a Brexit breakdown or another external shock. Let us also remember there are still close to 4,000 children homeless, and a health crisis that is as dire as ever.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has criticised what she described as the "old boys' club of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael" as they both refuse to enter government talks with her party.
Her chagrin is understandable, Sinn Féin won more first preferences than any other party. But there are significant - some would argue insurmountable - differences between the three biggest parties in the Dáil.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael trace their origins and identities to a civil war almost a century old. Sinn Féin's recent history and policies are problematic.
Interpreting a single message from an election involving millions of people is simplistic, but the clamour for change was certainly a major component.
However, this appetite for something fresh is a frequent narrative at election time and will not itself act as a magic magnet miraculously bringing ill-fitting pieces into sudden harmonious alignment.
For this to happen, there would need to be unity in direction. When you reach a great divide you either pull up short or find a way to bridge the gap. You don't do this by staring down paralysed by fear of the depth between sides.
If the big three parties are serious about meeting the commitments they have made to people, they will have to sacrifice shibboleths and move away from traditional stances.
Each can decide if it's in their interests to agree on terms. The people are watching. The parties should choose wisely.