Tuesday 25 July 2017

This broad-brush agreement is largely positive - but there's still little love lost between the two big parties

Pictured is Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin TD, centre, with, from left, Michael McGrath TD, Jim O'Callaghan TD, Barry Cowen TD, Dara Calleary TD, Fiona O'Loughlan TD, Charlie McConalogue TD and Eugene Murphy TD talking to the media at the Dail this evening. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Pictured is Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin TD, centre, with, from left, Michael McGrath TD, Jim O'Callaghan TD, Barry Cowen TD, Dara Calleary TD, Fiona O'Loughlan TD, Charlie McConalogue TD and Eugene Murphy TD talking to the media at the Dail this evening. Photo: RollingNews.ie
John Downing

John Downing

This deal is a first in a number of ways. A first ever written arrangement between an incoming main party of government and main opposition party on how a minority government can work.

A first ever written agreement between the two big political beasts and rivals - Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil - on the future government of the country. A first ever arrangement accompanied by a solemn guarantee from the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, that they will try their best to operate this deal honourably.

We shall follow all these matters closely - especially that solemn guarantee. But for now we are entitled to give all sides a fair wind because we badly need a workable government as soon as ever possible.

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