Today we finally got the news we had long been expecting, with Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Greens set to form a new coalition Government.
The new Government is somewhat odd in that there is no dominant party, with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil entering a power sharing agreement. This means that both Leo Varadkar and Micháel Martin will spent time in the office of Taoiseach over the course of the next four or five years.
Of course, this is also the first time that Ireland's two largest political parties have entered into an official coalition. That ends a long running of facing their opposite number in opposition, but the pair were taking shots at each other as recently as the election campaign.
One well-known example was Leo Varadkar's quip that putting Fianna Fáil in charge of the economy so soon after the last financial crash would be like giving John Delaney another go at running the FAI.
Irish Examiner reporting that Varadkar has confirmed Martin is to be next Taoiseach.
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Listening Deputy Martin speaking about the enterprise economy really is quite extraordinary given Fianna Fáil's record in crashing the economy nine years ago.
Putting Michéal Martin and Fianna Fáil back in charge of our economy would be like asking John Delaney to take over the FAI again in nine years time.
Funny how that worked out.
It seems that despite Varadkar's claims that Fianna Fáil could ruin the country, he was happy enough to let them into Government if his party could hang onto power.