Europe's leaders meet this week and will discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections.
The votes have been cast and are now being counted in centres throughout the country.
You would know there was an election on the way.
Finally, the European Central Bank seems ready to move again.
Local and European election campaigns often have a peculiar quality.
The resignation of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is a severe blow to the government.
The reaction of many people when they heard of another review mission to Ireland by the EU and IMF last week was that they believed that such monitoring was all behind us.
No sooner was the Anglo trial over than the government promised us - again - that the banking inquiry would get up and running.
The government has only got itself to blame. For months now ministers have been dropping veiled hints about the possibility of tax cuts in the next Budget.
We await the sentencing in the Anglo trial tomorrow, but in the meantime the outcome of what we heard during the course of its hearings leaves many of the old questions unanswered.
The controversy over water charges last week highlights the extent to which the coalition government has become bogged down.
The trial of three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank has shown that the Irish jury system is able to put aside any lingering prejudices and determine each case upon its own merits.
The banking system is struggling to deal with mortgage arrears. But so too is the political system.
The visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain might have lacked the historical weight of Queen Elizabeth's 2011 journey to Ireland, but it was a roaring success all the same.
We are in an era of low inflation - worryingly low.