The overriding emotion last Friday was relief, particularly for the Fianna Fail and Green legs of our new home-grown Troika. Then yesterday was a day of celebration for Micheal Martin (no leader in the history of the State - not Eamon de Valera, nor even Enda Kenny - has toiled for longer in opposition) and his new ministers. Today, they rest. And then to think, to quote one senior Government source this weekend, that the hard work is only starting. And that there may be trouble ahead.
What has happened to the Green Party? At the outset, a declaration of interest: I voted Green in the last general election - and not for the first time. But if I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have. And the next couple of weeks will determine whether I ever will again.
How long before the sense of national solidarity, so admirably present since the Covid crisis began, breaks down? Not long in Leinster House at least, one fears. Politics has the potential to get really ugly really quickly, resulting in lasting damage to the country.
Day eight in the Big Brother house. Nobody told me there'd be days like these. This time last week, the coronavirus went from a theoretical concept on our television screens, affecting other people in other far-off places, to effectively becoming the sixth member of our household.
The general election is three-quarters done and dusted. Not just in terms of the actual duration of the campaign - we are about 75pc through the 26 days on the hustings - but in the actual number of seats we can now confidently allocate.
This morning next week, Leo Varadkar should be travelling into Government Buildings for his first full day's work as Taoiseach. It's a huge challenge. A good start is essential. Brian Cowen and Albert Reynolds are two examples of Taoisigh who never really recovered from a shaky beginning. Whereas Enda Kenny prospered for far longer largely on the basis of what he did in the first couple of years in office. Here's 10 things the new Taoiseach might do to ensure he hits the ground running.
There are few more unedifying sights in politics than a leadership contest. First off, there's the excruciating stuff the candidates have (or feel they have) to do - 'coffee or a 5km run anyone? Oh and, by the way, you have met my family, haven't you?'
Politics is a brutal business. From the moment Enda Kenny told the parliamentary party meeting of his intention to stand down as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach, he was yesterday's man. The sadness among colleagues was no doubt genuine, but everywhere in the room minds quickly turned to choosing his successor. The King is dead, long live the King.
Nobody could ever accuse a government led by Enda Kenny of under-selling its achievements. A self-congratulatory tone (sometimes justified, sometimes less so) has been ever-present since Fine Gael and Labour took up the challenge of "saving the country", as they liked to portray it.
It looks as if this year will be the last Good Friday where there is a ban on the sale of alcohol. Another relic of old Ireland is about to bite the dust as we barely pause for breath in our race to be 'modern', 'worldly' and 'with it'.
The announcement of a referendum to give Irish citizens abroad a vote in future presidential elections was classic Enda Kenny. Pluck an idea from the skies, with zero planning and virtually no consultation; broadcast it and then sit back and enjoy the (short-term) warm after-glow, before the practical implications begin to sink in. Consequences be damned.
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