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DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson building bridges with reshuffle that delivered few shocks  

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DUP's Paul Givan Credit: PressEye

DUP's Paul Givan Credit: PressEye

Allies: DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson with new Economy Minister Gordon Lyons yesterday

Allies: DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson with new Economy Minister Gordon Lyons yesterday

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DUP's Paul Givan Credit: PressEye

The job insecurity with which Paul Givan has been living was reflected in his Twitter biography. He didn’t update it on taking Stormont’s top job three weeks ago, choosing instead to present himself in terms of his past roles there. 

It was only yesterday, after Sir Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed he wasn’t moving him, that Givan updated his description to “Northern Ireland First Minister”. He’ll remain in place at least until September. While turning around the DUP’s fortunes falls primarily on Sir Jeffrey’s shoulders, Givan’s role will still be significant.


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