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DUP chief Arlene Foster 'might leave' if border poll produced united Ireland

By Gareth Cross

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said that she might leave the country in the event of a United Ireland.

The former First Minister was speaking on Patrick Kielty's Documentary 'My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me' aired on BBC One on Wednesday.

Kielty's dad Jack was murdered by the UFF in 1988. Three men were convicted in connection with the murder, but they were freed under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

On the 20th anniversary of the agreement, Kielty returned to his hometown of Dundrum and travelled around to see if the historic peace deal has delivered on its pledge to create a new Northern Ireland.

Mrs Foster discussed growing up in the border area of Enniskillen, her father worked as an RUC officer.

The IRA tried to kill her father on the family farm and she spoke of the impact of the attack on her.

Mrs Foster claimed that someone locally had set her father up in the attack.

She also spoke about being a passenger on a school bus when the driver was targeted by an IRA bomb.

Mrs Foster told Mr Kielty she was not supportive of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998

"It was principally about the release of the prisoners, which to me was an anathema. How can you allow people who have committed some of the most heinous crimes just walk free?," she said.

Mr Kielty asked Mrs Foster "if the majority did want to join the Republic of Ireland how would it feel to be a unionist, outside of the UK?"

"First of all I don't think it's going to happen," Mrs Foster said.

"If it were to happen, I'm not sure that I would be able to continue to live here, I would feel so strongly about it.

"I would probably have to move."

Mr Kielty asked Mrs Foster where she would move.

"Well that's the question. It's not going to happen so I don't have to worry about it anytime soon."

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