Looking around at our European partners it is difficult not to notice how symbiotic Irish politics have become with those on the continent.
Take our nearest neighbours. In May of 2008, Brian Cowen became Taoiseach shortly after Gordon Brown did the same in Britain.
Later that year, we both entered recession.
Finally, one called an election and a new government was brought in with great fanfare and hope, even if they came from opposite sides of the political divide. The same here a year later.
Now though, our other half seems to have entered a spot of political bother, with each coalition partner at the other's throat.
Maybe now would be a good time to politically distance ourselves?