So, how did Messrs Martin, Varadkar and Ryan do second time around? These junior ministry appointments were about fence-mending, with the regions by shaking off "Cromwell's shadow", and inside the three coalition parties where egos were bruised and supporters seriously riled up with disappointment.
Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan are set to play the key roles in an historic coalition government. Our political team look at each individual throughout their political careers.
It would be interesting to be a fly on the Martin/Duffy kitchen wall at breakfast time to puzzle out this one. Catherine Martin is for this coalition deal, while her husband and Dáil colleague, Francis Noel Duffy, is against it.
After a by-election count in the south of the country some years ago, I happily accepted an invitation from the victors' camp to repair for a few convivial libations. It was already old news that we had a new TD - so all the bar talk was about who was going to fall in for the resultant vacant council seat.
Éamon Ó Cuív, who celebrates his 70th birthday next Tuesday, appears at first glance to be an unlikely radical trying to upend the coalition plans of three parties. But the man they used to call "Dev Óg", because of his striking resemblance to his grandfather and Fianna Fáil founder Éamon de Valera, is hard to pigeonhole.
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