In the boat built with the only materials that could be found after the 2016 General Election there is an innate fear of sudden movements that could topple the fragile craft.

That makes the talk of an election from the captain of the vessel this week all the more curious.

Yes at one level the Taoiseach was merely setting out the facts with a display of candour that has infused many of his statements since he first entered Leinster House.

Plus the potential force that could bring down the Government was, as he repeatedly pointed out, outside his control.

It was a putative Sinn Féin confidence motion in the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Now it’s been confirmed that such a motion won’t be tabled before the Dáil summer break on 12 July.

But Leo Varadkar’s decision to illuminate the precarious nature of his Government illustrates a certain confidence about what may happen should the end game arrive.

It all comes too on a week where many in Fine Gael theorised that a September election could be on the cards.

There was even word of conversations having taken place among senior party figures about ensuring there was a plan in place for an early autumn election.

However, the other constituent parts of the minority administration and those keeping it afloat from outside Government are far less keen to contemplate such a notion.

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan warned that any action intended to collapse the Government would: "flagrantly disrespect the will of the people by jeopardising the passage of the upcoming abortion legislation."

The Fianna Fáil Leader urged Sinn Féin and Fine Gael to stop stirring up talk of a General Election.

The Taoiseach though, while repeating that he does not want such an election, does appear to be decidedly more comfortable about embracing such a scenario if it arises.

And much of that could relate to the fact that Mr Varadkar is already honing the type of messages that will be repeated in the election campaign.

His one year anniversary at the helm this week afforded him the chance to highlight the relatively healthy economic figures and the high employment rate.

The considerably less impressive statistics on housing and health, referred to typically by Government as challenges, were also referenced, though with less gusto.

The well prepared list was delivered with no little swagger in the Dáil chamber.

And of course there are reports that some early work is also under way on devising election slogans.

That all suggests it would take only the slightest shuffle on the Government boat to sound the sirens for a 2018 General Election.