There has been much talk in recent weeks of the political developments in the UK and the US.
After years of political lunacy, a degree of normality seems to be returning and eyes are increasingly turning to the next presidential and general elections.
The developments in Washington and Whitehall have been dominating the headlines but Ireland is set for a major political shift of its own in the coming weeks.
On December 17, after two-and-a-half years in power, Taoiseach Micheál Martin will hand over the reins to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
While the parties are in coalition, with Mr Martin behind the Taoiseach’s desk, it has effectively been Fianna Fáil who have been leading the Government.
That all changes in a few weeks time when Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael will take charge and begin steering Government policy in their own direction.
At this point, barring any massive and unexpected political scandal, the Government looks set to last its full term and the policies pursued by Varadkar’s cabinet will set the stage for the next General Election battle.
There have already been tentative talks of a voting pact between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – an arrangement that would have been nothing short of unimaginable just a few years ago – and the main coalition parties will be keen to engineer a strong platform to take on the challenge of Sinn Féin.
When the coalition deal was done, Mr Varadkar will likely have expected the final years of the coalition to be considerably easier and far more voter friendly.
The Covid pandemic crisis would be over and Fine Gael would be back in charge as the good times returned, the economy took off and the people partied.
Instead the Ukraine war and the resulting cost of living crisis have left the public reeling and the public finances in disarray.
The housing crisis remains a major issue and the Government must also prepare for a potential collapse in the technology sector on which the country’s taxes are so reliant.
It promises to be a far more complicated stint in office than Mr Varadkar might otherwise have expected and it won’t make it easy for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to fend off Mary Lou McDonald’s bid for the Taoiseach’s office.
We will also be seeing some new faces sitting around Ireland’s top table – or at least some significant changes to where people are sitting – with the reshuffle to take place on Mr Varadkar is in situ.
Quite where Mr Martin will end up is also something of a mystery. It’s not known what Ministry he wants but, no matter what happens, his time in cabinet could be limited.
Mr Martin has achieved his ambition of leading the country and avoided the ignominy of being the first Fianna Fáil leader not to be Taoiseach. With that in mind, and an eye on the looming election, there will surely be a few senior figures in the party who will think it’s time for a change at the top.
It promises to be an interesting few years.