This election is about Gerry Adams re-asserting control of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland.
That was the view of former First Minister Arlene Foster, speaking at the first event of the ‘5 Leaders, 5 Days’ series, a programme of events organised by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry at which the party leader from five main political parties will outline their plans for jobs, growth and the economy.
The DUP leader said she would be the first to acknowledge that mistakes had been made and that things could've been handled better.
But she insisted the Executive had made a strong start after the May elections last year and had been working better than at any point since 1998.
"Things were starting to get better before when last December the Renewable Heating Incentive took centre stage.
"And whatever the rights and wrongs of that scheme, while it became the excuse, it is of course not the cause of the election.
"I have absolutely no doubt that this election is about Gerry Adams re-asserting control of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland - and by de-stablilising the institutions, the impact is also to threaten the future economic prospects of NI plc," she said”