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Leadership vacuum in London on virus has enflamed tensions around Border

Kathy Donaghy


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Division: First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill haven’t always been on the same page on Cov-19 in the Northern Ireland Executive. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Division: First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill haven’t always been on the same page on Cov-19 in the Northern Ireland Executive. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

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Division: First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill haven’t always been on the same page on Cov-19 in the Northern Ireland Executive. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Any fine weekend in Inishowen, Co Donegal, the roads are choc-a-bloc with day-trippers from the North flooding across the Border. They are heading to the beach, to hotels for a carvery lunch, or just out for a leisurely coffee or ice cream.

In ordinary times this activity wouldn't make headline news. But we're not in ordinary times and the reaction to last weekend's mass gatherings are still making headlines across Donegal days later.

Holiday homes and caravan parks across the county have also been filling up as Northern visitors decide to spend some of the lockdown in Donegal.