Sunday 25 June 2017

Axing of measly Gaeltacht grant was final straw for McGuinness

Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness arrive at Leinster House for talks with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2007. Photo: PA
Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness arrive at Leinster House for talks with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2007. Photo: PA
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

The resignation of Martin McGuinness as deputy first minister has plunged politics in the North into chaos - and caused a major headache for the British and Irish governments.

In his resignation letter yesterday, Mr McGuinness said he had enough. He could no longer tolerate the "deep-seated arrogance" of DUP leader Arlene Foster. With Sinn Féin refusing to nominate a successor, an election is now inevitable.

Having served as deputy first minister for 10 years, the real surprise is that Mr McGuinness found it easier to work with Ian 'never, never, never' Paisley than Mrs Foster, whose tenure in office has been notable for a decided dearth of diplomacy.

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