Opinion: DUP's new-found Brexit belief may not be all good news for farmers
Tomorrow afternoon we'll know the shape of "Team Leo."
The Taoiseach-designate has already made it abundantly clear that his Cabinet must be a team designed to deal with Brexit. After almost a year of "phoney war" the UK-EU divorce talks are finally due to kick off next Monday and there is a crucial EU leaders' summit on Thursday and Friday of next week.
Leo Varadkar must hit the ground running. He has already spoken of his previous good relationship with Democratic Unionist Party leader, Arlene Foster, when both were ministers responsible for tourism. In fact they spoke on the phone on the evening he was elected Fine Gael leader.
Given the DUP's outlook on some social issues, there was surprise in Dublin when it emerged that the unlikely pair got on rather well in their dealings with one another on tourism cooperation. That is never any load in politics.
But all of that was before last Thursday's extraordinary UK general election result which catapulted the DUP into the role of power-brokers with undue influence on Theresa May's much depleted government in London. Since the weekend's events officials in Dublin have been trying to decipher what the DUP power and influence can mean for the future of the Border and trade, especially in relation to farming.
On the one hand it cannot be all bad. After all, the DUP is a party rooted in the North's farm communities. Many of them are the milk producers bringing their product south to Cavan and Monaghan or the ones who buy pigs and other animals from the south.
A return to the Border of the bad old days is not in their interest. Equally, the prospect of tariffs is as much anathema to them as it is to farmers and agribusiness people in the Republic.
But the DUP is also centrally focused on maintaining the North as part of the United Kingdom. They took a doctrinaire stance in favour of leaving the EU in the June 23 Brexit referendum last year.