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Edwin Poots' cancer diagnosis a reminder our politicians are human

Gail Walker


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Edwin Poots (Niall Carson/PA).

Edwin Poots (Niall Carson/PA).

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Edwin Poots (Niall Carson/PA).

It is a very different glimpse of a DUP politician whose public persona has always been that of the blunt, stoical Ulsterman — Edwin Poots sitting in a hospital bed weeping down the phone to his wife following a cancer diagnosis.

In Northern Ireland we like to forget that elected representatives are people too, but this was the very human side of a man in turmoil. Not an Agriculture Minister in the Stormont Executive but a frightened husband and father desperate for the reassuring presence of his loved ones.

Of course, he couldn’t get that longed for hug from his wife because visitors are currently banned from our hospitals due to Covid-19 restrictions.


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