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Foster could have avoided vote: Empey

By Rebecca Black

The DUP and Arlene Foster have handed Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams a "veto over Stormont", it has been claimed.

UUP peer Lord Empey said by simply showing "graciousness" the looming election could have been avoided.

Lord Empey claimed neither Mrs Foster nor the DUP had realised the "huge mistakes they have made in the last couple of months".

"Had Arlene Foster and the DUP showed a little graciousness before Christmas, apologised for the failures of the RHI scheme and either stood down for a few weeks or even set up a ministerial team to work on solutions and reported back in the New Year, this costly election would have been avoided," he said.

But DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds responded: "Rather than placing the blame for the election where it squarely lies, at Sinn Fein's door, Sir Reg goes back to his old tactic of attacking the DUP."

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