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Switching channels: Arlene Foster’s been eyeing up a career in the media

Since standing down as First Minister and leader of the DUP, Arlene Foster has been looking at a career in the media. And the qualities that took her to the top of the political tree look set to propel her to the summit of her new career

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New gig: Arlene Foster on GB News with Nigel Farage, Paul Embery and Dehenna Davison

New gig: Arlene Foster on GB News with Nigel Farage, Paul Embery and Dehenna Davison

Former special adviser Peter Cardwell

Former special adviser Peter Cardwell

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New gig: Arlene Foster on GB News with Nigel Farage, Paul Embery and Dehenna Davison

Just months into Arlene Foster’s early tenure as DUP leader, a 1988 interview she gave as a teenager to the formidable, now retired, broadcaster Jeremy Paxman — once described as a “Rottweiler” for his no-holds-barred approach to skewering the political establishment — resurfaced.

Her deftness and sure-footed replies to his questions about the IRA school bus bomb blast she had been caught up in, as well as setting the BBC presenter straight on what was needed to end the Troubles, demonstrated tact tempered by a dose of realism. It foreshadowed the political career that was to follow for the Fermanagh woman.


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