Bertie Ahern put the icing on his election victory forming a majority government with both the Green Party and the PDs last week.
I still don't quite believe the turn around from the run up to polling. However, it is the formation of the three party government which will have a more lasting effect on the political landscape. The Green Party's first venture into government will tell a lot about the future of the party. Will they over-emphasise the green card or will they try to expand their manifesto. Or will Fianna Fail allow them to venture into all aspects of governance.
Unless the pending coalition with Fianna Fail and the PDs is a complete disaster, the Green Party may not be a potential coalition partner for Fine Gael next time out. If this was the case it's difficult to see Fianna Fail failing to win a fourth term. Maybe it's a bit early for that kind of prediction, it's not beyond the bounds of the imagination. We'll have to wait and see.