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Ivan Little

Bickering Executive an embarrassment to Northern Ireland

Ivan Little



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First minister Arlene Foster (right) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

First minister Arlene Foster (right) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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First minister Arlene Foster (right) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A prominent figure in Northern Ireland's hospitality industry warned me a couple of months ago that Stormont politicians would one day somehow turn Covid-19 into an Orange and Green virus.

I didn't really believe him, though the Bobby Storey funeral was obviously a hugely divisive issue that stretched the DUP-Sinn Fein relationship to breaking point.

But last week, as the two parties disagreed over a two-week extension of coronavirus restrictions, my man rang me to say, without a scintilla of satisfaction, "I told you so".


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