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This is a specially extended BBC Newsline on the day that

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Martin McGuinness resigned as the Deputy First Minister.

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He said it's "time to call a halt to the DUP's arrogance".

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Citing the DUP's behaviour over the renewable heat scandal,

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Mr McGuinness said the party was completely out of step

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with the public which is outraged at the squandering of money

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In his formal resignation letter, Mr McGuinness also said that

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the DUP had never fully embraced "the equality,

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mutual respect and all-Ireland approaches enshrined

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He said successive British governments had:

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He went on to say that the DUP leader Arlene Foster

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had "a clear conflict of interest" and as "the minister

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responsible for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme she should have no

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Executive role in overseeing how it would be rectified."

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Mr McGuinness, who has been suffering from ill-health in recent

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months, said that had nothing to do with his decision to leave office.

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We'll hear live from our political editor Mark Devenport

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shortly but first our Political Correspondent Gareth

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Gordon reports on a resignation announcement that took

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He looked and sounded frail, but there was no doubting the strength

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of what Martin McGuinness was about to say. We will not tolerate the

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arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP. That's what this process must

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be about. So today I have told Arlene Foster that I have tendered

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my resignation, effective of five o'clock today. He made it clear this

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was not about the heating scandal. It's a despicable decision. The RHI,

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it cost something in the region apart billion pounds, and run the

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risk of being squandered. And left the process wide open to corruption.

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All of these things are hugely concerning for us in Sinn Fein, you

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can see by the way the debate on RHI has continued over the course of

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recent times, there is a massive public outcry. There may not be a

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public outcry with the ranks of the DUP but as I told Arlene Foster, the

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DUP are living in a bubble. They don't seem to understand how serious

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the general public, the voters, and the assembly make of this ridiculous

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situation, which bears full responsibility for the ministers of

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the DUP. Martin McGuinness was asked if his health was a factor. My

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health is nothing to do with this whatsoever. I have been deeply

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involved in all of the conversations in the last couple of weeks. I was

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here last week speaking to Arlene Foster, I have been doing my job. As

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it is appropriate for me to do so. It sounds like it'll take more than

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an election resolve this. There will be no return to the status quo,

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except on terms that are acceptable to Sinn Fein. The situation we have

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been dealing with in these last years is acceptable. --

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unacceptable. If the DUP think in the aftermath of an election that

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they will step back into ministerial positions without resolving critical

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issues, some of which I have identified during the course of this

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conversation, they are living in a fool 's paradise. And in an

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election, will Martin McGuinness be a candidate? That is something of a

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speaker about the later date, today is about Morris ignition. Ten years

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ago he began a relationship with a DUP leader that was warmer than

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anyone could have expected but as the scandal heated up, things would

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Arlene Foster cool down, and is Stormont now facing a long time in

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in the deep freeze? The resignation of the Deputy

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First Minister means Arlene Foster reacted

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to the Sinn Fein move via social media tonight saying

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she was disappointed Northern Ireland would have no

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government at a time when one Rather than seek to resolve this

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issue, Sinn Fein would rather take the people of Northern Ireland

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through the uncertainty of yet another election, less than 12

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months after the last one, at a time when we are dealing with Brexit,

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needed to create more jobs and invest in our health and education

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system, Northern Ireland needs stability but because of Sinn Fein's

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selfish actions we now have instability and I very much regret

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that. Of course if we have to fight an election we will do it in the

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best interests of Northern Ireland but it will not solve any of the

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problems that currently face us. Our political editor Mark Devenport

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joins me now from Stormont. Martin McGuinness and his health -

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what do know how he is? He didn't need to be a doctor to

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tell that there was something seriously wrong with Martin

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McGuinness, he was weaker when he appeared here on December 19 but he

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was much weaker today. Sinn Fein hasn't disclosed any details of his

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condition but the night, that he has reported that the former Deputy

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First Minister is suffering from a rare heart condition. He said that

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health hasn't been a factor in this crisis but certainly some other

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Republicans say that some of the recent comments from Arlene Foster

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in which she talked about other Sinn Fein politicians jockeying for

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position behind Martin McGuinness's back while he was dealing with this

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health problem, according to some Republicans they had gone down like

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a lead balloon. Perhaps to that extent they have backed them into

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their thinking. Not Arlene Foster responded saying that Northern

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Ireland does not need an election but solutions. What do you make of

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that? Clearly she's preparing our grassroots for an election, she's

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pointing out that widening this out into other issues which Martin

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McGuinness did, including the treatment of the Irish language,

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this isn't just about the renewable heating scandal, and there is little

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giving what Arlene Foster has to say, it is hard on the basis of what

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the leaders have said today to see them avoiding an election. If there

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is an election, what happens to the heating scheme and its continuing

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pay-outs? We don't have any kind of a Rizla 's into that, we have no

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compromise into the attempts that have been made to try and cut the

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losses, and no progress on the form of any kind of independent

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investigation into that, that will all be put into abeyance while the

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politicians go about fighting this election.

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Earlier this evening at Stormont BBC Newsline's Tara Mills got further

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reaction from the DUP and Sinn Fein about Mr McGuinness's resignation.

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Let's be clear, this is not about RHI, then now can't be an enquiry

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because of Sinn Fein, we can't recover the money is and that the

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proposals in with a ready to do so because of Sinn Fein, and they have

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called an election because this is about removing Arlene Foster as the

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leader of the unions is and weakening unions to pursue a

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Republican agenda. Did you take their support for granted? We

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recognise that the electorate are the people who return individuals to

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office, we do business with people on that basis, we're not friends

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with Sinn Fein and don't stick to beat, but we do business with them

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because that is to the electorate decides to return, but the public

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will suffer as a result of this decision, because we can't have a

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budget and the finance minister knows that more than anybody else.

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The voluntary and community sector will be putting people on notice. I

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can't bring in a regression to stop the bedroom tax being introduced so

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if Sinn Fein have to be held into account... You could have appointed

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all of this by Arlene Foster stepping aside for four weeks

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Cazorla does that not look like a better option? She was being called

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to account through a Sinn Fein, Republican agenda, not on the basis

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of evidence, there is due process to be followed. We said we wanted the

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enquiry, we said we would have a public enquiry, Sinn Fein didn't

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want that. We wanted to have proposals that would have dealt with

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these costs, instead they want to go to the country because there is

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internal issues within republicanism, that is clear from

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the interview Martin McGuinness has given around who will replace him,

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and avoided narrative around the Irish language act, all of these

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things Sinn Fein don't like but they are better to work with us, instead

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they have brought the magicians down. Have they come back as a

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result of the electorate is the result. What were doing is recording

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time on corruption and on arrogance, corruption as evidenced by RHI, and

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they can be no investigation into that until Arlene Foster agrees to

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step aside, she has scuppered the investigation, no hiding place, but

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also breathtaking arrogance, disrespect for the national

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tradition, as evidenced by the decision at the mouth of Christmas

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that Paul could would take ?50,000 from children who want to learn the

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Irish language. You talk about the straw that broke the camel 's back,

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RHI and the way the DUP have created that mess and refused to show any

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humility or allow us to have the investigation, let us put right that

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mess, but also turned sectarianism. Paul is talking about the type of

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government he wants, we are concerned about those who want...

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Taken the granted? A government which doesn't have zero tolerance of

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corruption and sectarianism is no government at all, said that the

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public for granted? They bite off more than they could chew, but not

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listen to be warnings? Absolutely. The DUP were told again and again,

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act with respect. They refused that and now facing an action. I am

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saying to people clear, there will be no return to the status quo, we

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will not go back to any government which the Ritz in any way,

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corruption or sectarianism, that is what has been allowed to happen in

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the last few weeks with RHI. We have called time on that. We have had ten

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years now the DUP and Sinn Fein at the heart of our government, ten

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years characterised by disappointments, debacles and

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scandals. I don't think the electorate need any more proof of

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the fact that the DUP and Sinn Fein are incapable of governing this

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country are they cannot see the concept of the greater good. If

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people want an election, let's have it, because people need to hear that

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we still have no programme for government, no budget, costs are

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spiralling out of control because of the RHI scandal. We also know won't

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have a public enquiry into all of this. The public are sick to be back

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teeth of these crises at Stormont. They want to see good governance,

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people who are as keen to take responsible of these crises at

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Stormont. They want to see good governance, people who are as keen

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to take responsibly the as they are to take power. There is no point in

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trying to kill you back together the fragments of failure. -- glued back

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together. It's time to move on. If we want devolution, it can and

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should only be on the basis capable of surviving. I do not believe an

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election is what the people of Northern Ireland want, I believe

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stability is what was promised, I believe good governance is what

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should be delivered. Today can only be a bad

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It is the job of the Secretary of State James Brokenshire

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He said the UK government will do all it can to help

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The position is very clear. If Sinn Fein does not nominate a replacement

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to the role of Deputy First Minister, and I am obliged to call

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an election of the assembly, within a reasonable period. I would urge

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the political parties, the leaders of the political parties, to come

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together, to work together, to find a solution to the current position,

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and we will be doing all we can with the political parties and the Irish

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government, to that end. We've been asking some

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people on the streets of Belfast what they think

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about Martin McGuinness's I think that's very sad, but I think

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it will probably have a big impact for Arlene Foster and the rest of

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the country. It's another election, isn't it? Will it make any

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difference to the assembly? Not really. It's tribal here. Who knows

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what could happen next but it's interesting that something is

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moving. I would be disappointed, I don't think an election will make

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any difference. But people have to cast their vote. Be good to see what

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comes out of it. We need change, but I didn't know that about Martin

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McGuinness. Do you think it should have come to this? I am sorry did.

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The last thing we need now is an election, it will make things even

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more divisive, rather than people coming together and sort out all the

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problems we are trying to deal with. Mr McGuinness's decision to resign

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comes almost ten years BBC Newsline's Mark Simpson

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looks back at his journey He has been Stormont's longest

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serving minister, stretching back to the early days of power-sharing. I

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nominate Martin McGuinness as Minister for education. An even

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bigger surprise was to come. He became typically First Minister and

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got on remarkably well with Ian Paisley. We have been described as

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the two brothers people who thought... It turned against them in

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the end, we can tackle our way through 2008! When Peter Robinson

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took over as First Minister, relations became strained, very

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strained. But they somehow manage to work through it. We have

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disagreements, there has never been an occasion when we have refused to

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speak to one another, so we have the ability to sit down and work out our

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problems. When Arlene Foster became First Minister, initially they

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worked well together and have the time of last year's election, Martin

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McGuinness said he was looking forward to making the new executive

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work. I have all my faculties, great support from my family and my party

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is adamant that I continue with the work I'm doing. The IRA tried to

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kill Arlene Foster's father. But this meant that working with Sinn

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Fein was never easy. But said she was prepared to do it for the

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greater good. I want to focus on the future and not the past. One of the

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first picture little does -- challenges was the Brexit vote. It

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made things difficult but not a crisis. It will be a very historic

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negotiation. Now a different negotiation is on the cards. On the

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table will be RHI, social issues, the Irish language, dealing with the

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past and all the other issues which have told the DUP and Sinn Fein

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apart in recent months. Martin McGuinness has stepped down and as

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things stand, there is no guarantee he will be back.

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How inevitable is an assembly election? Tonight looking pretty

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much on the cards. In the old days when Tony Blair was Prime Minister,

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his secretaries of State used the power of suspension to move in and

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take direct power over from Stormont to avoid things like elections and

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complete breakdowns, but as part of the deal that was done in 2006, that

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power was taken off the statute book so whilst James Perlich acai is

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saying he wants to avoid an election, you have to say that the

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night all the mood music is saying that there is no obvious, Mies

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insight and that we are heading towards that election being called

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something over a week. An assembly will look different come what may.

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Yes, we're going to lose one MLA per constituency so we were becoming

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down from 108 assembly members to 19. To that extent, all the parties

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here might be losers, the question will be whether the balance between

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them will change -- down to 90. Particularly in light of the

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public's discussed about the renewable heat scandal.

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Other news now and the father of a County Tyrone student knocked

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down and killed by a drunk driver says the increase to his jail

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Eighteen year old Enda Dolan died in south Belfast two years ago.

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The driver who killed him will now serve an extra year in prison.

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Enda Dolan was a talented teenager who are just studied architecture,

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not down and killed by a drunk driver on the 15th of October 2014

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as he returned to his halls of residence. They beat Lee Stewart of

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Belfast was sentenced to three and a half years in jail with another

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three and a half on licence. The sentence was referred to the Court

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of Appeal on the basis of being unduly lenient. The court was

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reminded that Stewart had contained six pints of beer, four cocktails

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and other drinks. It'd been suggested he had taken drugs as

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well. The Court of Appeal decided increases the sentence. Increasingly

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turn to for the half years, the Lord Chief Justice said nothing this

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court can they could turn the clock back. What had happened was

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needless, senseless and avoidable. Siddikur Morgan said in cases of

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this kind, deterrent sentences must be imposed. Wobble can be increased,

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the purpose macrophylla said it should have been more.

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In my opinion, it's not enough given the crime he committed. It's still a

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disgrace, I think the justice system needs to be looked at, the

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legislation and relation to drinking and driving needs to be looked at.

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He says the death of his son is something his entire family has to

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live with every day. Christmas was difficult, there was an empty seat

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at the table, a lot of tears around Christmas, but unfortunately that's

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the way it is, you miss other family celebrations such as birthdays and

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other times of the year you have other family gatherings and he's not

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there. The Dolan family say they continue their campaign to have

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sentences for drunk who kill increased.

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A solicitor for a 22 year old man accused of procuring drugs intended

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to cause an abortion has protested about delays in dealing

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His co-defendant, a 21 year old woman is charged with taking two

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drugs which are commonly used to bring about a

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The case was adjourned until later this month.

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It's to get a lot colder later this week - here's Cecilia with more

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It's been chilly enough today, and it will get colder, some very cold

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air start to arrive during the course of Wednesday. It'll get very

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windy, with gale force winds on Thursday, making it feel bitterly

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cold and many places will see snow showers, particularly on Thursday.

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Particularly in the north and west. A warning is issued for strong winds

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and some lying snow on Wednesday. Possibly some disruption to power

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supplies. The showers will use after night, temperatures dropping, maybe

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one or two spots of ice but generally frost and ice free. Some

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milder air coming in for tomorrow, but colder again on Wednesday. Some

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light rain and drizzle Tamara, affecting down south as well,

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drifting eastwards. Trying up again across the Republic of Ireland and

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Northern Ireland for tomorrow afternoon. On Wednesday, it starts

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to get colder again, very windy, too. Showers will become very wintry

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with snow in places on Wednesday night and further snow showers on

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Thursday.

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