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Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

First Minister Arlene Foster gives a statement on her role in a botched renewable energy scheme at Parliament Buildings, Belfast. Picture PA Wire

First Minister Arlene Foster gives a statement on her role in a botched renewable energy scheme at Parliament Buildings, Belfast. Picture PA Wire

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Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Peace was supposed to bring the Irish people closer together. One effect of the end of the Troubles has, however, been a widening divide between North and South, not in terms of rancour, but simply of ignorance.

Southern voters idolised John Hume, but what do they really know of current SDLP leader Colum Eastwood? It's no exaggeration to say that most people south of the Border would struggle to pick him out in an identity parade.


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