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Next six months will decide if Arlene Foster is fit to lead DUP into future

Suzanne Breen


With internal dissent obvious, how First Minister marshals dysfunctional Executive in immediate post-Covid era and deals with impact of Brexit is crucial if she is to survive beyond centenary year, writes Suzanne Breen

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First Minister Arlene Foster

First Minister Arlene Foster

First Minister Arlene Foster

The DUP politician's prediction on his leader's future is stark: "Arlene will go to Northern Ireland centenary celebrations as First Minister, wearing her crown brooch. After that, she will be gone and a new leader will take us into the 2022 Assembly election."

It's five years this Thursday since the coronation of Arlene Isabel Foster as DUP leader, making history as both the first woman to head her party and to become First Minister. She was a breath of fresh air for many inside and outside unionism compared to the coldly calculating Peter Robinson.


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