Northern Ireland

Simon Harris praises steady Stormont leadership after Donaldson resignation

Taoiseach-elect joined the chorus of politicians praising Michelle O’Neill and Emma Little-Pengelly for their handling of the crisis

Michelle O’Neill and Emma Little-Pengelly: Stormont leaders both gave reassurances over the future of the administration. Picture: Leon Farrell/©

Simon Harris has praised the Stormont leadership for putting “the people’s business to the fore” in the wake of the shock resignation of Jeffrey Donaldson.

The Fine Gael leader, who is expected to be voted in as taoiseach on Tuesday April 9, said he spoke with Michelle O’Neill, the Northern Irish first minister, at the 1916 Easter Rising commemoration in Dublin on Sunday.

Asked about the resignation of Donaldson as DUP leader, Harris said: “I’m ...