With Christmas just weeks away, the Tánaiste has cautioned against booking flights home for the festive season.

Ministers also face the unenviable task of deciding how many people can sit together for Christmas dinner, whether a pint in the local will be permissible and if people can travel from one county to another.

For the latest analysis presenter, Paul Cunningham is joined by Mary Regan and Mícheál Lehane for the Your Politics podcast, which available for download here on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

The TDs and Senators are also grappling with the issue of whether they should get involved in the controversial stand-off between Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe and the Supreme Court.

At the same time, a ground war has broken out between Sinn Féin and Fine Gael, with both parties keen to attack each other at every opportunity.

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