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Row: Michelle O’Neill at the Storey funeral

Row: Michelle O’Neill at the Storey funeral

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Row: Michelle O’Neill at the Storey funeral

When Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt breached the Covid-19 regulations he immediately admitted his offence and swiftly resigned his chairmanship of the Executive oversight committee in the Assembly. At the time Michelle O'Neill declared that: "We're in difficult times, but none of us are exempt from these regulations."

How right she was.

But it is a pity that she hasn't applied those words to herself and followed Nesbitt's honourable decision and resigned her own position as Deputy First Minister, or at least stepped aside temporarily until the mess she helped to create was cleaned up.