The pandemic goes on but the politics changed at Dublin Castle this evening.

The location laden with symbolism when it comes to the changing of power. 

The Taoiseach and his ministers left the Cabinet meeting certain that it was their final gathering.

Many of them will no longer have to take a hands on role when it comes to trying to outwit the coronavirus.

Shane Ross beeped as he departed, Finian McGrath gave a more solemn wave, Michael Creed looked into the distance.

But of course this is an odd departure. Some Fine Gael Ministers will return should the Greens, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael members give their backing to the programme for government tomorrow. 

There they will be joined by a new Ministerial colleague, Leo Varadkar.

He knows what role he'd like but said it’s like a jigsaw and it hasn’t quite come together yet. 

The plan to re-open the country has largely come together at this stage though, and it has happened ahead of schedule.

The Fine Gael leader insisted tonight that this was because of progress made on the health front rather than the changed political patterns now unfolding. 

However the next steps, particularly the easing of restrictions on foreign travel in July, could pose the greatest risks yet.

In a more settled political environment these decisions will face even more scrutiny. 

The Taoiseach spoke of the possibility of a "grown up" investigation into the handling of the Covid-19 crisis taking place in the future. 

It would be an inquiry that would not go after people, he said. 

But even on a night when talk of change pervaded the air, such a thought might well be a leap into the realm of wishful thinking.