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DUP talked up resistance to an Irish act – yet now they have no veto

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It is just over a week since the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal was thrust upon us, and it is concerning that the DUP – who were first out of the blocks to endorse the deal – have as yet been unable to answer a number of important questions.

I posed a number of questions via this newspaper (Jamie Bryson: Deal is concession to nationalism that DUP promised they would not make, News Letter online, January 11) in a riposte to Arlene Foster’s op-ed carried that same day (This deal is fair and balanced, January 11) – as did Jim Allister QC (DUP can’t veto any aggressive Irish new language agenda, January 15), again via this newspaper.

On Saturday, the News Letter deputy editor Ben Lowry said the paper would be willing to publish a different analysis of the Irish language legislation from the one given by Mr Allister, if the DUP has one.

The DUP made much – both via Jeffrey Donaldson on the BBC Nolan Show and Arlene Foster’s contribution to this newspaper – of the assertion they would have an effective........

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