The Government has emerged bruised but intact from a damaging week following criticism over its handling of the Children's Hospital controversy. But the projected overspend of €450m on the hospital has put the Confidence and Supply agreement under significant strain.
This week, Aine Lawlor and the RTÉ Politics team analyse what it means for the timing of the general election.
But the one contest that is a certainty is the Local and European Elections scheduled in May.
Significant concerns remain about whether a lack of regulation of social media companies has created a "Wild West" for democracy.
Aine hears from Liz Carolan, co founder of the Transparent Referendum Initiative and Fianna Fáil's technology spokesman James Lawless TD. They discuss "deliberate deception" of voters in other countries and what should be done to stop it.
Producer: Jack Good