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Suzanne Breen

Arlene Foster hasn't put a foot wrong on Covid, but rebellion over divisive bill has wounded her

Suzanne Breen


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First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster at a Covid-19 briefing at Stormont last month

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster at a Covid-19 briefing at Stormont last month

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster at a Covid-19 briefing at Stormont last month

After surviving a roller-coaster RHI ride that threatened to end her career, it would be deeply ironic if Arlene Foster was eventually taken down by something as mind-numbingly dull as the Executive Committee (Functions) Bill.

Mrs Foster successfully brought her legislation through Stormont in the face of vigorous opposition this week, but at what price? She has been badly wounded in the process.

As we head into the Assembbly's summer recess, the danger to Foster comes not now, but months down the line if a Sinn Fein minister goes on a solo run and the legal mechanism to stop them is gone.