He took the scenic route to the office of the Taoiseach.
But despite all the time he had to to prepare Micheál Martin got off to a bumpy start.
His appointment of senior and junior ministers was attacked from within his own Fianna Fáil party.
However, when three parties become one in a coalition there will never be enough jobs to go around.
One unhappy person who was left outside the Seanad was Ian Marshall who had represented the interests of the Unionist community.
He had been appointed by the last government but the new administration decided to omit him from the new line-up. He said that almost the entire Unionist community felt let down by the decision.
On the podcast presenter Maggie Doyle is joined by Mary Regan and Paul Cunningham.