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