After a few hours of shocked silence from Sinn Féin on Monday Gerry Adams’s ambivalent response to the DUP-Conservative deal indicated that the party would go back into a Stormont executive, the only question was when.
In political terms, yesterday's Anglo-Ulster Agreement (what else can we call it?) represented good news for the DUP, possibly offered some short-term respite for social and economic problems here and, perhaps most significantly, left Sinn Féin between a rock and a hard place.
As talks between the DUP and the Tories inevitably roll on and direct rule comes ever closer, at least we can thank the largest unionist party for focusing on the things that really matter - how they can eke out more power at Westminster.
AS the English media, elements of which are keen to show the hicks from Belfast just how this journalism thing is supposed to work, will doubtless realise within weeks or months, we are deep in the part of the news cycle where flags make a headline or three.
It would be totally remiss of me not to use my column this week to talk about the appalling fire in Grenfell Tower in London which has taken the lives of so many people, so many that no one really knows a final number.
Almost one hundred years after the imposition of partition and the denial of national democracy to the people of this country the implications of both continue to set the political agenda for all the parties in Ireland and Britain.
Walking along a sunny Cheyne Walk in London I heard that Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron had announced his resignation citing the incompatibility of his Christian faith with the leadership of his party.
As he settles into the job, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will keep a close eye on developments in the north but the key day-to-day role on behalf of the Irish government will be carried out by the new minister for foreign affairs, Simon Coveney.