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Conor Murphy has lost his touch ... once regarded as an heir to Martin McGuinness, he's now Sinn Fein's weakest link

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2020 -

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2020 -

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London

Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London

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Conor Murphy, Michelle O'Neill and Orlaithi Flynn address the media on Stormont estate in Belfast.

Conor Murphy, Michelle O'Neill and Orlaithi Flynn address the media on Stormont estate in Belfast.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2020 -

NOT so long ago, Conor Murphy had a reputation for being a safe pair of hands. He was viewed as the best and the brightest of Sinn Fein's ministerial team.

Indeed, many observers felt he was wrongly passed over when Martin McGuinness stepped down. Now, he is very much his party's weakest link at Stormont. Tory austerity can be blamed for many things, but lockdown isn't one of them, as Murphy suggested last week. It's far from his first howler.

With the PPE and Paul Quinn controversies in March, this is the third time in just five months that he's been at the centre of negative headlines entirely of his own making.