With Easter behind us just a few formalities remain before Fine Gael and Fianna Fail can finally begin negotiations. But many questions remain. Can Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin put aside their own personal animosity to form some kind of government? How long will Enda Kenny remain as Fine Gael leader, and who will replace him? And what's the right move for Labour and its lingering cadre of ministers?
Fiach Kelly, Pat Leahy and Michael O'Regan look ahead to the difficulties facing all parties as the pressure increases to find the balance between personal, party and national priorities.
Inside Politics is hosted by Hugh Linehan and produced by Declan Conlon.