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Arlene Foster hits out at SDLP MLA's Alliance 'cowards' tweet

Former Stormont first minister Arlene Foster has hit out at an attack on the Alliance Party by SDLP MLA Justin McNulty. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Paul Ainsworth

FORMER first minister Arlene Foster has hit out at an SDLP MLA for accusing the Alliance Party of being “constitutional cowards” for declining an invitation to this weekend’s Ireland’s Future event.

The ex-DUP leader made her comments in a response to a tweet by the SDLP’s Justin McNulty. The Newry and Armagh MLA was reacting to Alliance’s refusal to attend the ‘Together We Can’ event at Dublin’s 3Arena this Saturday, which will feature speakers including Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.

Alliance has described the event as “a rally to endorse a united Ireland”, with a party spokesperson adding it was “not an appropriate event for us to participate in”.

Mr McNulty said in his post that Alliance were “constitutional cowards without the courage of their convictions”, adding: “The future of this island can only be agreed through discussion, interaction and honesty. You cannot build a bridge from the middle.”

Ms Foster responded to the post, stating: “I’m not sure calling an entire political party ‘cowards’ is going to make them change their minds! Shared-island anyone?? #TogetherUK.”

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