Stormont lives: DUP and Sinn Fein agree a budget

Well, our government still stands tonight as the DUP and Sinn Fein have agreed a draft budget with the SDLP voting against and the UUP and Alliance parties abstaining on the vote.

Both Sinn Fein and the DUP have the numbers to get the budget throught the Assembly.

It took a while to get here, but a deal has been done that will keep things going in the interim.

Speaking about the budget the Deputy First Minister said;

the best deal possible in the circumstances..anybody that tells you different is living in a fantasy world.

With all budgets the devil will be in the detail, we should take some comfort that coaltion politics has worked in the end and we now have an agreement.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs