“It’s not like the Greens are a listed building or anything…”

Blogorrah has 6 reasons why the deal failed. Expad.ie’s take on Ciaran Cuffe’s devil talk. WorldbyStorm reckons it was 40 hours work well worth the effort from the Greens. Miriam Lord’s extended metaphor on Fianna Fail as property developers in yesterday’s the Irish Times is worth repeating.

Fianna Fáil have learned a thing or two from their developer friends. For sure, build it and they will come. Better again, target a suitable property, demolish, rebuild and reap the profit.

Nearly a week of painstaking tinkering with the Greens. Then everything collapses.

Nothing to do with us, pleaded Fianna Fáil last night. It’s not like the Greens are a listed building or anything.

Although naturally, the party is very saddened at the turn of events. They say the situation is not beyond repair, and will seek to rebuild if possible.

Séamus Brennan is always rolled out to deal with these sensitive situations. In the manner of a property speculator who discovers that the protected structure he purchased on prime building land has inexplicably burned to the ground during the night, Séamus Brennan said he was “somewhat surprised” when negotiations with the Greens collapsed.

“We are still available to see if there are still gaps to be bridged,” he said, oozing good faith. “We are available to try to continue to close those gaps,” continued Mr Sincerity.

There was “common ground” between the two parties. They had built up a “fine relationship” during their talks on forming a government. The atmosphere was “great” and the “goodwill” was bouncing off the walls.

However, he said sadly, there were five main sticking points. (He had them written down on a little slip of paper in his hand.) Climate change, transport, education, local government, health. And that was even before any talk of divvying up jobs or considering the PDs.

Between now and Thursday, even President McAleese, Ireland’s answer to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, would have difficulty crafting a structure to span those particular gaps.