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Arlene Foster resigns as First Minister of Northern Ireland

Arlene Foster has today officially resigned as First Minister of Northern Ireland.

Foster made a statement to the Stormont Assembly to formally announce her resignation, which officially came into effect from 1pm.

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“Thank you to you and your office for this opportunity to address the chamber one last time … and I promise not to sing,” Foster said.

“Colleagues both inside and outside this House know very well that all periods of leadership must come to an end.”

Foster went onto say that she is looking forward to fresh challenges and opportunity’s in the future.

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Following an internal challenge within the DUP, Foster stepped down as leader of the party.

Edwin Poots took her position as head of the party last month.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin paid tribute to the Fermanagh leader, thanking her for her service and wishing her well.

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