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Arlene tweet appears to savor Edwin Poots' problems

EATING THAT: Former first minister, Arlene Foster enjoyed lunch in Belfast as her successor as DUP leader, Edwin Poots struggled to retain control of party.
Seamus McKinney

Ousted DUP leader, Arlene Foster has taken to social media in an apparent effort to contrast her new-found carefreeness with the political nightmare being faced by Edwin Poots.

As Mr Poots struggled to retain control of the DUP yesterday, Ms Foster issued a tweet from a prominent Belfast restaurant which appeared to be a reference to Mr Poots.

The former first minister tweeted: “Just had a lovely lunch @DeanesAtQueens with a good friend. It’s great hospitality is open again – hope everyone is having a great day this lovely sunny afternoon. #ProudofNI.”

Mr Poots endured a nightmare leadership, including open rebellion from members, walk-outs and resignations before he quit as part leader last night, just 21 days after his election.

Mrs Foster’s apparent tongue-in-cheek tweet sparked a huge reaction, provoking close to 7,000 likes and hundreds of responses and re-tweets within minutes.

Ian Knox cartoon 18/6/21 

One response suggested the former first minister had enjoyed “Revenge Pie (best served cold)” for lunch while a second said “This wins the internet for today”. Another urged Ms Foster to try “not to laugh out loud”.

Alliance Party leader and Justice Minister Naomi Long responded: “I know you always hated Twitter, Arlene, but I have to say, you’re a natural. Enjoy a well earned break.”

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