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Murphy's new law: Saying wrong thing at the wrong time

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Finance minister Conor Murphy

Finance minister Conor Murphy

Finance minister Conor Murphy

Earlier this morning, after three days without a Covid-19 death in Northern Ireland and with the Executive speeding up the process of easing lockdown restrictions, Finance Minister Conor Murphy claimed on a BBC programme that had the NHS been properly funded lockdown wouldn't have been necessary.

Health Minister Robin Swann interpreted the comments as an attack on him and his department and, out of the blue, we were straight into another very unhelpful us-and-them political spat.