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DUP leader Arlene Foster to appear as guest on RTÉ's The Late Late Show on Brexit night

DUP leader Arlene Foster will appear as a guest on The Late Late Show on Friday night, at the same time the UK will formally leave the EU. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA Wire
John Monaghan

THE DUP leader Arlene Foster is to appear as a guest on RTÉ's The Late Late Show on Friday night, at the same time as the UK will officially leave the European Union.

The First Minister will be interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on the flagship RTÉ show, which airs from 9.35pm to 11.50pm. The UK will formally exit the EU at 11pm.

Mrs Foster said she is keen to "emphasise that I want a good neighbourly relationship" with the Republic on Brexit night.

"On the night the UK exits the EU, it's important for me to speak to an Irish audience and emphasise that I want a good neighbourly relationship," she said.

"I grew up a few miles from the border and I have no interest in seeing any new borders either north-south or east-west."

The DUP leader said she is a fan of the programme, which is believed to be the world's second longest running late-night TV chat show, after NBC's The Tonight Show in the US.

"Because we lived near the border, we always received RTÉ so I can remember as a child watching the programme - I never once thought that I would be on it," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

Having grown up on a farm near Roslea in Co Fermanagh, Mrs Foster was forced to move after the IRA tried to kill her father, John Kelly, an RUC officer.

Mrs Foster is not the first DUP representative to appear on the show. In January 2009, less than a year after stepping down from the roles of party leader and First Minister, the Rev Ian Paisley was a guest along with his wife Eileen.

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