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How it took coronavirus pandemic for DUP and Sinn Fein to realise they can work together

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Political Editor Suzanne Breen on business-like relationship of Foster and O'Neill

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Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill

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Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill.

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill.

Arlene Foster at a coronavirus briefing in Stormont

Arlene Foster at a coronavirus briefing in Stormont

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Michelle O'Neill at a coronavirus briefing in Stormont

Michelle O'Neill at a coronavirus briefing in Stormont

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill

Battling a killer virus that recognises neither orange nor green. It's the best hope in a political lifetime of uniting the DUP and Sinn Fein in common purpose.

There is no lockdown love-in at Stormont, but, whisper it softly, Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill are working well together on tackling Covid-19 after a very rocky start. Although how long that lasts is another matter.

They've joked that they are spending so much time together they could form their own social bubble when new guidelines for indoor meetings are introduced.