It is "Taoiseach or toast" for Micheál Martin over the coming fortnight. Things have finally come down to that rather unlovely conclusion as Martin prepares to conclude a three-cornered government deal, help sell it to not just his own foot soldiers, but also to those in the other two parties, and especially to Green Party members.
We are often told we have only enough "compassion capacity" to feel concern for one human disaster, be it flood or famine, at any given time. Similarly, it may well be that we have only enough "crisis capacity" to deal with one impending calamity at a time.
Seán Russell was buried at sea with full German military honours on August 14, 1940, just as World War 2 gathered in murderous ferocity. He died at the age of 47 aboard a German submarine, about 100 miles west of Galway, while on his way to Ireland with a plan to attack the North with help from Hitler's forces.