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Stormont knew we would pay price for a Merry Christmas

Suzanne Breen


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Arlene Foster has paid a glowing tribute to those who answered a desperate appeal for off-duty healthcare staff to work as hospitals struggled to cope with a rise in Covid patients.

Instead of offering her gratitude, she should have been saying sorry, because much of the responsibility for the current crisis lies on Stormont's shoulders.

Every single political party here was aware that having a very Merry Christmas would mean funerals and rising hospital admissions in the New Year. Political cowardice meant that the Executive went ahead and lifted restrictions in the full knowledge that a very heavy price would be paid.


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