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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. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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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. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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.