It was in the end a government with a surprising durability.

That was achieved in large part by the UK's decision to leave the European Union just weeks after the government took office.

Suddenly, a minority Fine Gael-led administration that had taken more than two months to form had to deal with a major crisis.

The enormity of this challenge meant that its flimsy foundations were unexpectedly solidified.

While some in Fianna Fáil felt a perpetual unease about all it all, it endured nonetheless.

It would survive a change of Taoiseach, and two ministerial resignations.

In the words of one minister, the government was so weak it could do nothing wrong.

The minority status meant the Opposition was able to get legislation passed, even if the majority of it languished at committee stage.

There were some notable exceptions though, such as Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty's legislation to reform insurance contracts.

Although it earned the moniker the "do nothing Dáil", it actually passed 54 bills in 2019 alone, which was above the average annual figure.

From its earliest days too, the Dáil flexed its muscles. This was most evident when it successfully pushed for the ending of water charges.

It also moved quickly to come up with a healthcare plan called Sláintecare. This plan should ostensibly underpin health policy in the next Dáil also.

It all suggests that actually a minority government which has do to more than merely nod to the Dáil is not at all times hamstrung.

This is relevant because the bigger parties will no doubt seek to pitch a message in this election campaign that they need a bigger mandate to avoid a repeat of the 32nd Dáil.

Will it resonate or could voters have grown accustomed to a Dáil wielding real power over a government?

That's a prospect that will scare both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.