With undertakers seriously considering the need to put funerals on hold, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael appear to have belatedly rediscovered their sense of import.
The coronavirus epidemic has rapidly extended its reach into all aspects of social and economic life.
Strategic silences in order to gain traction in games of government one-upmanship were completely incongruous in a context of an escalating national emergency.
The clock is ticking and we know to our cost how time is the one resource whose supply is inversely proportional to its demand.
Given such scarcity, a readiness to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones was a reasonable public expectation. Thankfully, just such a readiness finally seems to be dawning. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may have woken up to the political selfishness of indulging his preference for the opposition benches.
His views about entrance to government only as a last resort seem entirely at odds with most concepts of public service and civic responsibility.
With an unprecedented health challenge, and the cratering of financial markets to contend with, further procrastination would only serve to inflame public opinion.
Now is a time to inspire confidence and summon every resource possible.
With the coronavirus reshaping so much so swiftly, it was inevitable the slack pace of government formation talks would be stepped up.
The announcement of the €3bn extra funding to mitigate the damage and likely hardship announced by the Government is to be welcomed.
It is a recognition of the severity of the crisis.
With so much groundless speculation causing anxiety we do not need any additional uncertainty introduced by protracted policy positioning.
We need a stable and competent new administration capable of making long-term decisions that will have far-reaching consequences into the future. Top-down competence, confidence and crystal-clear communications must be a given.
A glimpse of what happens when these are not in place can be seen across the Atlantic.
In one of more than a dozen tweets he sent before noon on Monday, President Trump wrote: "So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!" But, as David Axelrod, who was a senior adviser in the Obama White House during the H1N1 outbreak of 2009, said: "This is a situation in which denial and conspiracy theories can lead to catastrophic results." He added: "You can't spin an epidemic or pandemic."
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said the Government was trying to provide responses that are proportionate given the level of threat at any given time and this response needs to be health driven. It also needs to be political, and the provision of a government can no longer be delayed.