Arlene Foster has made her final speech to the Assembly as First Minister for Northern Ireland, as she officially steps down from the role later today.
Already replaced by Edwin Poots as leader of the DUP, Alex Maskey confirmed he had received Mrs Fostets resignation, saying: “As Mrs Foster’s resignation takes effect from 1 pm on 14th June 2021, both she and Mrs O’Neill will cease to hold office at that point.”
Allowing Mrs Foster to make a personal statement to the Assembly, she began: “Thank you to you and your office for this opportunity to address the chamber one last time, and I promise not to sing (this time).
“Mr Speaker, colleagues both inside and outside this House know very well that all periods of leadership must come to an end.
“That is why, when we are privileged and honoured with holding such a position, we must not waste a moment in frivolous brinkmanship but rather forge ahead on behalf of those we represent.
“Whilst I will miss the exchanges from this seat, I am looking forward to fresh challenges.”
Several parties and Assembly colleagues took the opportunity to share stories and wish Mrs Foster and her family the best. For the future.