Sinn Fein has hailed the appearance of the DUP First Minister at a breakfast event in west Belfast on Friday morning as ‘historic’.
MP Paul Maskey welcomed him to the Kennedy Centre in the Falls Road area for a business breakfast, ending at around 9am.
He addressed the gathering and was accompanied by fellow DUP figure and trade minister Arlene Foster.
In a statement headed ‘Paul Maskey welcomes First Minister on historic West Belfast visit’, the Sinn Fein figure said: “ “I extend a ‘cead míle fáilte romhaibh’ to you Peter and Arlene and all at this morning’s event on behalf of the people of west Belfast...
“Your presence here sends a very important message to all the people of this area. It will be seen correctly, in my view, as an important gesture of recognition and acceptance of the importance of the people of this constituency to the Executive at its highest level and on two fronts: political and business.”