Keep the focus on Higgins; not Sinn Fein, say Ulster Unionists

Mike Nesbitt

Mike Nesbitt

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The focus should remain on the Irish President’s historic state visit to the UK — not on Martin McGuinness’s decision to attend a Royal banquet, Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has said.

The UUP leader said that Sinn Fein was “playing catch-up” after “having so badly misjudged the mood when Her Majesty the Queen visited the Republic three years ago”.

He added: “This week sees a reciprocal state visit by the President of the Republic of Ireland and this is not something that the media should allow to be hijacked by Sinn Fein.”


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