‘It’s Sinn Féin against the rest’: NI Executive in conflict over coronavirus

Party counters accusations of divisiveness by saying it will not unify on ‘flawed approaches’

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill and First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill and First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Newly back in existence, the Northern Executive is riven with tensions over the battle against Covid-19, with Sinn Féin Ministers accused of ganging up against the rest and Sinn Féin in turn robustly defending their belligerence.

Every working evening Monday to Friday First Minister Arlene Foster, of the DUP, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, of Sinn Féin, deliver press conferences, with the press absent from the room but watching on video.

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