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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin nad, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar during a commercial break in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTE studios in Donnybrook, Dublin.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin nad, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar during a commercial break in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTE studios in Donnybrook, Dublin.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin nad, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar during a commercial break in the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTE studios in Donnybrook, Dublin.

Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar have signed off on a historic agreement which has paved the way to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael enter into a coalition government for the first time in the history of the State. The first stepping stone in forming a 'Grand Coalition' has been the negotiation of a policy framework document which the parties have agreed over the past three weeks. Here are the 10 things you need to know about the deal so far.

1) The Document

The document is not a programme for government and both sides are eager to point out that the agreement is not a fait accompli by any means. The hope is that smaller parties and Independent TDs will review the proposal and those interested in entering government will put forward their own policies which will be included in the final document.