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Alex Kane

Another day, another crisis and another reminder of how fractious NI politics remains

Alex Kane


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First Minster Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill were to deliver a press conference on Thursday which has since been cancelled. Pic Liam McBurney, PA Wire.

First Minster Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill were to deliver a press conference on Thursday which has since been cancelled. Pic Liam McBurney, PA Wire.

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First Minster Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill were to deliver a press conference on Thursday which has since been cancelled. Pic Liam McBurney, PA Wire.

Just when you think you can't be surprised, along comes a whopping reminder of how fractious Northern Ireland politics remains.

For all the smiling consensus at joint press conferences there was always that sense of key players on both sides waiting for the other to make the sort of mistake which allows them to jump in and reheat old arguments.

Michelle O'Neill dumped a huge problem on Arlene Foster's doorstep on Tuesday: but it was the sort of problem that Foster hoped might end in a fudge and something that could be interpreted as an apology.