Tuesday 25 April 2017

Stakes are high for DUP’s Foster in an election that’s impossible to call after 'Cash for Ash' scandal

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill speaking at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit at Dublin Castle, last week. Photo: Damien Eagers
Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill speaking at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit at Dublin Castle, last week. Photo: Damien Eagers

Suzanne Breen

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill. Two forty-something, ambitious women leading their parties into what could be the North's most significant election since the Good Friday Agreement.

Not only are they poles apart politically but the stakes are very different for each woman. A poor result next week could end the DUP leader's political career.

But Sinn Féin's Stormont leader has no reason for fear as her party seems set for a strong performance. The only person whom Mrs O'Neill has to thank for that is Mrs Foster.

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