For the first time since 2002, Northern Ireland's politicans have taken their seats at Stormont.
However the prospect of a power sharing executive being formed is not immediately apparent.
Personally I doubt it will, if the fact that Ian Paisley is leader of the largest political party in Northern Ireland has anything to go by.
I can understand his anger for and distaste for Sinn Fein. I remember myself being a visitor at the 2003 Labour Party Conference and looking at the advertisments for the fringe meetings on Northern Ireland and feeling unable to go to the ones involving alleged political wing of the IRA.
But we cannot live by the past, and whilst many of us have painful memories of the Brighton Bomb and the murders of Lord Mountbatten amongst many other atrocities, Northern Ireland has to learn the art of comparable compromise if it is to move forward. In fact it has, it is up to the DUP however to learn that art. Besides which, it is an open secret that Paisley's hands are allegedly not entirely clean, which makes his condemnation of Sinn Fein a bit of a joke. However, those actions he committed are in the past and it is up to God to judge him!
Getting to this stage has required a lot of hard work and negotiation which, at no point that we know of, Paisley has been involved with. He sabotaged the Sunningdale Agreement, and pulled out of the Good Friday Agreement before it was even finalised, and which gave the system of Northern Ireland government we know today.
I hope that Paisley will change his tune, for the sake of the people of Ulster, but I do wonder!
Incidentally, Tim has posted on this recently, and holding similar views to me on this issue, his comments are worth noting!