Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill wished outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster well in a statement released shortly after the latter’s resignation on Wednesday.
“I spoke to Arlene today and she informed me of her decision to step down. I wished her and and her family well,” O’Neill said in a statement.
“I have worked alongside Arlene Foster this past year in what has been a difficult and challenging time for everyone with the unexpected onset of the Covid pandemic.”
“Throughout the pandemic I acknowledge the efforts Arlene Foster has made as First Minister, and the service that she has given in working with the rest of the Executive as we have battled the biggest health crisis in a generation.
The Sinn Fein MLA went on to urge the DUP to choose a new leader that will recognise “the political landscape has changed.”
“It is now a matter for the DUP to choose a replacement.”
“The incoming DUP leader should recognise that the political landscape across our island has changed.”
“The broad community are impatient for social reform and political change which reflects a modern and progressive society where everyone can feel that they belong on an equal basis.”
Posted: 8:30 pm April 28, 2021