There has been increasing talk in recent times about the need for a national government, but also increasing reticence on the part of the opposition parties. Not surprising, as this would be a Fianna Fail dominated administration – the Dail arithmetic being such that Fianna Fail could push their own agenda more and could pull out of such an arrangement should they choose. The only real prospects for the creation of a national government would be to arrange to create one immediately after a general election has taken place. This election could then be to determine the relative strenght of different parties in this government – the more Dail seats a party wins the more cabinet/junior ministerial posts they attain, with the largest party attaining the post of Taoiseach and the second largest party getting the post of Tanaiste… A crazy off the wall idea???