It was a Dáil like no other.

There had of course been minority governments before but none like this one. Some thought it would not last beyond a few months.

But, now after nearly four years, its time has come.

It was formed after an inconclusive 2016 General Election. What followed was some lengthy negotiations between the two big parties - Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.  

Sixty three days after the election, the government was formed.

It was bound together by a confidence and supply agreement.

Fine Gael would form the government along with  some Independents, while Fianna Fáil would lend its support (or abstain)  in key votes, but would remain in opposition.

Initially the deal was to cover three budgets.

It was the era of new politics.

A year in, there was a change at the top as  Leo Varadkar beat Simon Coveney to take over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

One of the Government's first big challenges was a familiar one. The issue of abortion was one that loomed large over Irish politics for decades. In 2018, after a referendum, legislation allowing for the termination of pregnancy was passed.

It did cause some political casualties, but the issue that has been debated for generations has entered a new chapter.

It's been Brexit though that has been a constant presence during the government's tenure. 

The tortuous negotiations, the standoffs and the desire to keep a hard border off the island meant much it dominated much of the political manoeuverings over the last couple of years.  

Recently two important obstacles seen as preventing an election were removed. The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was passed in the House of Commons and Stormont is up and running.

The other areas though which have caused serious challenges for the Government - housing and health - remain. And they will be there too for whoever takes charge next.

Like all past iterations, this Dáil has seen its fair share of comings and goings.

There had been an extension to the confidence and supply agreement, but the 32nd Dáil has now run its course.

How will it be judged?

The voters will give their verdict on 8 February.