Just as the shiny new programme for government landed in the inboxes of his TDs, Leo Varadkar noted that cynics may describe the document as a "recipe for indecision".
The soon-to-be Tánaiste was referring to the amount of reviews, commissions and citizen assemblies the programme commits to establishing to deal with issues on which the parties could not reach agreement.
There is a lot of can-kicking in the final document, signed off on by the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party.
The biggest and most costly decision pawned off to a commission is the plan to defer the increase in the State pension age to 67, which comes with a €400m price tag.
It was huge concession by Varadkar, who has risked tainting Fine Gael's ambition to be the party of economic responsibility - an image it almost lost during the last term in office as the cost of infrastructure projects sky-rocketed under its watch.
But it managed to reclaim it in the last Budget of its term, and during the General Election campaign it held firm on the pension age despite a growing controversy created by Sinn Féin and the Labour Party who wanted the age for the payment reduced to 65.
It was a significant bone of contention during the talks - and Fine Gael was anxious that a new government stick to the plan to increase the age, which is a policy aimed at reducing the mounting cost of our pension and welfare system.
The Greens didn't mind either way, but Fianna Fáil dug in and insisted it must be stalled.
There weren't a huge amount of wins for Fianna Fáil in the final document, but this was certainly a big one.
Fine Gael points to commitments not to increase income taxes, and more funding for farmers who diversify from traditional farming as its stamp on the programme for government.
Fianna Fáil is claiming wins on housing and found willing supporters in the Green Party during negotiations on revamping the Land Development Agency.
They struck a deal that will give local authorities more power to build houses, and move away from Fine Gael's market-led approach to getting new homes built.
The Greens should be the happiest of the three parties with the commitments they secured in the government deal.
There is a significant focus on not only climate action policies, but also liberal social issues championed by the Greens.
It is all well and good seeing your bright ideas in print, but getting them enacted will be the tricky part.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have portrayed themselves as born-again climate warriors in the talks, and committed to radical green policies.
But will they hold firm in the face of mounting pressure from lobby groups, such as hauliers and farmers who have borne the brunt of the pandemic and will now be asked to pay more carbon taxes?
Yesterday, Varadkar said the new government may cut income taxes by €6bn, of which there is unsurprisingly no mention in the programme for government.
But it shows where his mind will be at when budget talks begin.
It will be a long and difficult road ahead for the three parties - and the radical nature of the programme for government means a rocky journey.