Little more than a week "back in town" but already up to its oxters in the wars, it's tempting to say "meet new Fianna Fáil - it's more than a bit like old Fianna Fáil". Today, Barry Cowen will once again publicly apologise, this time in the Dáil, following one of the most unequivocal and sincere public apologies delivered on RTÉ on Sunday.
If Fianna Fáil is to face down its dreaded Sinn Féin threat, it will have to show real results on housing. So, enter Darragh O'Brien, the new Housing Minister who has a mega challenge ahead of him.
Albert Reynolds emerged from the marathon talks with his eyes blazing: "Eight billion, Diggy, eight billion … tell that to the begrudgers. Now watch me put a government together," he announced.
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.
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