Tuesday 24 October 2017

Belfast fracture and failure to make common cause with Dublin a big risk

Arlene Foster (R) and Martin McGuinness, First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland, speak to journalists outside 10 Downing Street last month Photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Arlene Foster (R) and Martin McGuinness, First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland, speak to journalists outside 10 Downing Street last month Photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
John Downing

John Downing

The irony is that Arlene Foster might even have felt at home in the decidedly British-style surrounds of what is called the Royal Hospital.

There was even a portrait of King William III among the framed pictures overlooking proceedings. The building was built just a handful of years before he won his fateful Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

But we have known since last July that the pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party leader was not for joining Enda Kenny's 'All-Island Civic Forum' to discuss the Brexit fallout. Neither did Mike Nesbitt, who leads the Ulster Unionist Party.

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