Assuming the new government lasts till 2012 (and the minority FF-PD govt of 1997-2002 was the longest serving in the history of the State) who if any of the Irish political party leaders will still be leaders then?
Ahern - Has said he will quit as leader before next election
Adams - Doubt if he'll be leader of Sinn Fein in 5 years' time
Rabbitte - Doubt if he'll be leader of Labour in 5 months' time let alone 5 years.
Sargent - Not sure about this guy's political longevity
Kenny - Hard to call but if he wants to contest 2012 as leader, he is unlikely to be challenged unless FG have a bad local/European innings in 2009