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Micheál Martin has played a patient game

Micheál Martin has played a patient game

Micheál Martin has played a patient game

It has been said history never looks like history when you are living through it. The agreement of a joint framework between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, as a precursor to a "full and equal partnership", certainly looks like history. It marks the crossing of a political Rubicon.

In these grim days, with another 41 recorded deaths yesterday, it would have been irresponsible not to have reached out.

Having spent more than a century at each other's throats, it is hard to think of a phrase that might capture the significance of the coming together better than "it's about time too".