Wednesday 28 June 2017

Unrepentant Foster sounds the death knell for DUP-Sinn Féin detente in icy stand-off

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ivan Little

She was forcing a smile nearly 10 years ago in the background of the iconic photograph of Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams as they signalled the birth of their power-sharing Executive but Arlene Foster was the stony-faced woman in the big picture as she acknowledged the death knell for the DUP-Sinn Féin partnership at Stormont.

There were no honeyed words of optimism about the possibility of an early return to any semblance of co-operation from the other half of the Stormont double act, Sinn Féin, which did exactly what it said it'd do yesterday - as it effectively brought the Executive to its knees.

Bookies were laughing off requests from early morning for odds about what might unfold in the normally unpredictable environment in Parliament Buildings yesterday.

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