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Justice Minister Naomi Long hits back at claims of clash with Michelle O'Neill

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Justice Minister Naomi Long

Justice Minister Naomi Long

Justice Minister Naomi Long

Two Stormont ministers have hit back at claims of rising tensions within the Northern Ireland Executive.

A report in the Irish Times newspaper had claimed that earlier this week Justice Minister Naomi Long, had clashed fiercely with Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill at an Executive meeting.

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Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill

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Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill

"During Monday's Executive meeting, O'Neill was particularly critical of Alliance Party leader Naomi Long but Naomi gave as good as she got, effectively telling her (Michelle O'Neill) 'to get stuffed'," the Irish Times reported.

But yesterday Mrs Long, who is also leader of the Alliance Party, hit back hard, saying that there was no truth to the newspaper's claims of clashes

"Both allegations are entirely false.

"There is concerted briefing going on that bears no relation to the truth, which is utterly disgraceful given the context," Mrs Long said on social media.

She was supported by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon of the SDLP, who also said the newspaper's claims of tensions inside the Executive had no basis in fact.

Ms Mallon said she was "incredulous that in the middle of a crisis, some people are expending energy misrepresenting and briefing against others".

Belfast Telegraph