Significantly, given one of the key disputes at the heart of political crisis, Ms Foster made reference to an Irish language phrase in a speech that stressed the need to work together going forward.
“When I visited Our Lady’s Grammar in Newry, the pupils gave me a lovely picture as a gift,” she said.
“It has hung in my office upstairs ever since, just above my shoulder. In Irish, it states: ‘Together, we are strong’.
“We have many differences. Michelle’s narrative of the past 40 years could not be more different to mine.
“I’m not sure we will ever agree on much about the past, but we can agree there was too much suffering, and that we cannot allow society to drift backwards and allow division to grow.
“Northern Ireland is succeeding in many ways. It’s time for Stormont to move forward and show that ‘together we are stronger’ for the benefit of everyone.”
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