I'm not claiming that I understand the constitution, but I seem to recall that the President can bring down the government under certain circumstances - right or wrong?
If I'm right - then surely the framing of a 4 year budget by a government with 3 years already on the clock, a miniscule majority, deffered bye-elections and an approval rating in the low teens would enable her to throw the switch and give the people of Ireland what they want and I dare say need more than anything - a General Election to select a government with a mandate for the 4 year budget.
The alternative - a budget crafted by FF to ensure the next government struggles from the day they take office and in so doing increase FF's chance of returning to office sooner - is unacceptable. This scenario may seem like a Machivellian conspiracy, but we've seen FF move mountains recently to ensure the general public pay for their mistakes and to protect their paymasters, so I don't think anything is beyond them.
I suggest that it's time for the President to look deep in her heart - check who's been paying her €300k+ a year for the past 6 years, and then do the right thing.