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