It is hardly surprising that the Government is dragging its feet in setting a date for the Donegal by-election to replace Pat The Cope Gallagher following his election to the European Parliament.
Anyone with even a passing interest in politics knows that the chance of a sitting Government winning a by-election is almost as rare as a Minister cutting short his holidays to respond to a national emergency.
Sinn Fein Senator Pearse Doherty led the charge this week to put pressure on the Government, claiming that his constituency needs full representation of three seats in the Dail.
Doherty himself will be the Sinn Fein candidate and his chances are good judging by his performance in the 2007 general election.
Next off the blocks is Fine Gael - they will be selecting their candidate on the day after Valentine’s Day.
All that remains now is for the Government is to name the date!