Political Editor, Belfast Telegraph
A former councillor who was sceptical about the Covid vaccine has spoken of his guilt over exhausted nurses caring for him as he fought for his life after contracting the virus.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson didn’t have the luckiest start as DUP leader. As he was addressing the media just after taking up the reins, North Down MLA Alex Easton was sending in his resignation letter.
Darrin Foster doesn’t need an opinion poll to tell him that the TUV’s political fortunes have dramatically changed. Behind the counter of his Portadown fish and chip shop, he sees and hears the evidence every day.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said his meeting with Leo Varadkar today will be “meaningless” unless the Tanaiste adopts a new approach on the protocol. Mr Varadkar is in Northern Ireland for talks with political and business leaders which will be dominated by post-Brexit arrangements and Covid recovery. He met Sinn Fein Finance Minister Conor Murphy last night ahead of talks with Sir Jeffrey today. But the DUP leader said: “A fresh visit from Leo Varadkar to Northern Ireland will be meaningless unless he comes with a fresh approach.
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