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Peter Robinson's parting words in Irish spark laughs as he exclaims 'Tiocfaidh ár Lá'

By Claire Williamson

Published 11/12/2015

Peter Robinson's parting words at his last North South Ministerial Council meeting were not what you might have expected - as he exclaimed the Republican phase 'Tiocfaidh ár Lá'.

Of all the things you would have expected the outgoing First Minister and leader of the DUP to have said, the Irish Republican slogan which translates to "Our day will come" probably wasn't it.

Mr Robinson sparked laughter as he shared a joke in Irish with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

It came as the Sinn Fein MLA was paying tribute to Mr Robinson.

He said: "Of all the ministers appointed in December 1999 we are the last two remaining and very shortly I'll be the last.

"So, my day too will come at some stage."

Mr Robinson exclaimed "It's Tiocfaidh ár Lá isn't it".

Mr McGuinness told the North South Ministerial Council that he was "delighted" that his colleague's knowledge of the Irish language was improving.

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