Kenny: The General Election will be in Spring 2016

Well there we go

If the coalition does hold it will be the first ever Fine Gael-Labour coalition to serve a full five year term in Irish history. Also Sinn Fein will have to fight two elections within weeks of each other as the Northern Assembly elections will be on at roughly the same period. However, the party did have to do the same thing in 2007.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs