The clock is ticking.
The end game is in sight.
The talking is all but done.
We’re on the cusp of the 32nd Dáil.
Who will be the winners?
Who will be the losers?
Soon to be forgotten faces?
Will Enda and Joan continue their relationship?
Or will their be a parting of the ways?
Will Joan even make it back to The House?
Or will the Labour pains be a step too far?
If she goes she won’t be alone.
And that’s for sure.
A Labour clean out?
But can’t be ruled out.
A sojourn on the sideline looks likely.
Are the Blueshirts on the wane?
Certainly getting nervy.
Enda still on course to make history?
Probably … but with some causalities.
High profile names?
But mostly from the
Par for the course.
Nothing new in that.
And what of The Soldiers Of Destiny?
A bit early to be brought back inside the tent?
But Micheál is playing a blinder.
Could do with a few more foot soldiers.
It would be some comeback.
Definite progress though.
Will be in the mix.
And the Shinners?
The big party winners.
Without being close enough.
Not this time.
But ditch the Bearded One and anything is possible.
And the best of the rest?
Lucinda, hoping to make up the numbers.
Stephen D ready and willing.
No need to keep mobile charged.
Same applies to the blond Yellowbelly.
As it does to the Kildare native with the Dublin speak.
No not Catherine Siteserv.
But the said Siteserv lady may have a say in the new formation.
Not forgetting the bogman from Roscommon.
And his new forever friend, the former stockbroker.
An unlikely duo when it comes to making up numbers.
But who knows?
Nearer to home things looking tight.
‘Marty’ Heydon on the pig’s back.
Seán Ó Fearghaíl should make it, probably.
Mark Wall may suffer some of Joan’s pains.
Last seat could be a dog fight.
Fiona O, Fiona Mc and the Wall man to slug it out.
Up North, Siteserv home and hosed.
Bernard D should make it back.
The Stagg can survive.
But with radically
The Ant Lawlor vulnerable.
Lawless can hold off O’Rourke.
And regain FF seat.
Could be a long stay in Punchestown.
And don’t rule out a stewards’ enquiry.
The Mayo boy can still make history.
Despite his party's arrogance.
But no coronation.
Could the civil war hatchet be buried?
Wash your mouth out.
Rule nothing in.
Once the people have spoken.
Where did we hear that before?
Come Sunday 28 Enda could be dancing at the crossroads.
But who with?
Certainly not a two-handed waltz.
More likely an eight handed reel.
And we all know how long an eight handed reel lasts.
Until all involved run out of steam.
Which is usually sooner rather than later.
Watch this space!