The seats have all been filled but the path to forming a government has not been mapped.

But of course there are ways of doing it - when you take out the Ceann Comhairle - the number to deliver a majority is 80.

Let's look at the likely first attempt. It will be driven by Sinn Féin with its 37 seats. Then add the Greens, the Social Democrats, Solidarity-PBP and Labour and it totals 66.

This is 14 shy of a majority, but there are 21 votes available from Independents and Others.

But it would undoubtedly be a challenging task to weave this administration together.

Plus there would be serious questions about the lifespan of any minority version of it.

Then there is the politically challenging but numerically solid option of: Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and the Greens.

It gives a comfortable enough majority of 87.

Then the third option: Given the Fine Gael is adamant it won't  share power with Sinn Féin could you see a combination of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens? Again it provides a majority, this time with 85 votes.

There you have it, three ways to form a government and break the likely impasse we'll witness, initially at least, when the Dáil returns on Thursday week.


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