Connect with us

Politics

Baroness Arlene Foster Defends Pandemic Leadership at COVID Inquiry, Rejects Claims of ‘Sleepwalking’ into Crisis

Published

on

Arlene Foster has defended her management during the pandemic, asserting that it is 'offensive' to claim that Northern Ireland was unprepared for COVID. While testifying at the official COVID inquiry, the former first minister described the decision-making processes within the Northern Ireland executive at the onset of the pandemic.

Journalist specializing

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 3:

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Baroness Arlene Foster has stood by her management of the region throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

During her testimony at the COVID inquiry in Belfast, she stated that it was "offensive" to claim that Northern Ireland was unprepared and unaware as the pandemic unfolded.

During a series of occasionally strained interactions, the inquiry's attorney Clair Dobbin KC posed questions to Baroness Foster.

Latest in Politics: Starmer Calls Sunak an 'Overzealous Hall Monitor'

Ms. Dobbin accused the peer of repeatedly trying to "deflect," an allegation that Baroness Foster denied.

The ex-chief stated that the pandemic represented the "toughest" phase of her professional life.

Attention centered on the examination by Baroness Foster of the pandemic preparedness and strategies of the Northern Ireland executive in early 2020.

Further Information on Arlene Foster

Northern Ireland: Arlene Foster Officially Steps Down as First Minister from DUP

Northern Ireland's First Minister: DUP Chief Selects Paul Givan as Nominee for Leading Position

Dr. Christian Jessen seeks financial assistance to cover £125,000 owed to Arlene Foster following his defeat in a defamation lawsuit.

Associated Subjects:

The ex-premier informed the panel that her position differed from that of other devolved government heads because of the unique structure of the executive.

She indicated that the first minister failed to examine the departments and ministers equally, and a significant portion of the accountability for the pandemic lay with the national Department of Health.

Baroness Foster pointed out that the Stormont executive was reinstated in January 2020 after a three-year halt in political activity, suggesting there was an accumulation of matters needing attention. She also suggested that civil servants could have been unaccustomed to collaborating with politicians due to the hiatus.

When Ms. Dobbin inquired if she acknowledged her accountability for the events in Northern Ireland throughout the pandemic, Baroness Foster affirmed, "Yes, of course I accept responsibility. I was the first minister at the time."

In her testimony, Baroness Foster repeatedly emphasized that she did not ask for any written reports from the health minister, receiving only oral briefings.

Discover further: Understanding the COVID Inquiry's objectives. Wales’s First Minister expresses calmness despite accusations of deceiving the Inquiry.

She stated that requesting such documents was beyond her authority.

In response to a question about whether Northern Ireland was unprepared and unaware of the escalating pandemic in early 2020, the DUP politician stated that it was "offensive" to make such a suggestion.

She mentioned that in mid-March, government officials were informed that the peak of the initial COVID wave was expected to occur in about 14 weeks, leading to the implementation of the first lockdown later in the month.

Baroness Foster was questioned about incidents from November 2020, during which the DUP employed a cross-community veto to prevent the prolongation of certain measures in the area.

At the time, other groups, including Sinn Fein who were coalition partners with the DUP, criticized this action.

Stay informed with the most recent updates from the UK and across the globe by tuning into Sky News.

Baroness Foster described the relationships at that stage of the pandemic as "very poor." She attributed this, in part, to Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill attending the funeral of ex-IRA member Bobby Storey in June.

Ms. O'Neill, currently serving as first minister, expressed regret for attending the event during her testimony at the inquiry.

Associated Subjects

Sky News Bottom Section

Information About Sky News

Services Provided by Sky News

Sky Television Networks

Additional Sky Websites


Discover more from Automobilnews News - The first AI News Portal world wide

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE

Advertisement
Automakers & Suppliers49 mins ago

Driving Excellence: Unveiling Ferrari’s Cutting-Edge Innovations and Timeless Elegance

Automakers & Suppliers1 hour ago

Top Innovations: Unveiling BMW’s Latest Cutting-Edge Technologies and Sustainability Initiatives

Automakers & Suppliers1 hour ago

Top Innovations by Audi: Exploring the Latest Audi AI Breakthroughs and News

Moto GP2 hours ago

Aprilia Optimistic Despite Challenges as Bezzecchi Joins Martin in 2025 MotoGP Line-Up

Moto GP2 hours ago

Pedro Acosta Eyes Historic Win at Dutch MotoGP as Record-Breaking Opportunity Nears

Moto GP3 hours ago

Pressure Mounts on Augusto Fernandez: KTM’s Ultimatum for 2024 MotoGP Season

Moto GP3 hours ago

Clash of Titans: Can Marc Marquez and Francesco Bagnaia Harmonize as Ducati Teammates in 2025?

Moto GP4 hours ago

**”Trackhouse Racing Faces Uncertainty as Rider Market Heats Up Amid Silly Season Frenzy”**

F14 hours ago

F1 2025: Damon Hill and Danica Patrick Weigh In on the Hamilton-Leclerc Rivalry at Ferrari

F15 hours ago

Helmut Marko Issues Warning: Red Bull Can’t Rely Solely on Max Verstappen’s Brilliance Amid McLaren Challenge

Automakers & Suppliers5 hours ago

### “Driving Excellence: Unveiling Lamborghini’s Latest Innovations in High-Performance Luxury Cars

F15 hours ago

Valtteri Bottas Hints at Imminent Resolution in F1 Driver Market Drama: Key Date Approaches

F16 hours ago

Northamptonshire Police Clear Mercedes of Wrongdoing in Lewis Hamilton ‘Sabotage’ Email Investigation

Sports9 hours ago

Revving Up Excellence: ABT Sportsline’s Mastery in Audi and VW Tuning

Moto GP10 hours ago

Pol Espargaro Hails Pedro Acosta’s ‘Insane’ MotoGP Progress: Compares Throttle-Brake Technique to Valentino Rossi

Moto GP10 hours ago

Five Contenders to Replace Marco Bezzecchi at VR46 Ducati After Aprilia Move

Moto GP11 hours ago

Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola Expresses Mixed Emotions as Vinales Departs, Bezzecchi Joins for 2025 MotoGP Line-Up

Moto GP11 hours ago

Marco Bezzecchi’s Dream Realized: Joins Aprilia as Factory Rider for 2025 MotoGP Season

Moto GP4 weeks ago

Enea Bastianini’s Bold Stand Against MotoGP Penalties Sparks Debate: A Dive into the Controversial Catalan GP Decision

Moto GP4 weeks ago

Aleix Espargaro’s Valiant Battle in Catalunya: A Lion’s Heart Against Marc Marquez’s Precision

Moto GP4 weeks ago

Raul Fernandez Grapples with Rear Tyre Woes Despite Strong Performance at Catalunya MotoGP

Sports4 weeks ago

Leclerc Conquers Monaco: Home Victory Breaks Personal Curse and Delivers Emotional Triumph

Sports4 weeks ago

Verstappen Identifies Sole Positive Amidst Red Bull’s Monaco Struggles: A Weekend to Reflect and Improve

Moto GP4 weeks ago

Joan Mir’s Tough Ride in Catalunya: Honda’s New Engine Configuration Fails to Impress

Sports4 weeks ago

Leclerc’s Monaco Triumph Cuts Verstappen’s Lead: F1 Championship Standings Shakeup After 2024 Monaco GP

Sports4 weeks ago

Leclerc Triumphs at Home: 2024 Monaco Grand Prix Round 8 Victory and Highlights

Sports4 weeks ago

Perez Shaken and Surprised: Calls for Penalty After Dramatic Monaco Crash with Magnussen

Sports4 weeks ago

Gasly Condemns Ocon’s Aggressive Move in Monaco Clash: Team Harmony and Future Strategies at Stake

Business1 month ago

Driving Success: Mastering the Fast Lane of Vehicle Manufacturing, Automotive Sales, and Aftermarket Services

Business1 month ago

Shifting Gears for Success: Exploring the Future of the Automobile Industry through Vehicle Manufacturing, Sales, and Advanced Technologies

Business2 months ago

Driving Innovation and Success: Navigating the Future of the Automobile Industry with Top Trends, Automotive Sales, and Aftermarket Strategies

Business1 month ago

Driving Success in the Fast Lane: Mastering Market Trends, Technological Innovations, and Strategic Excellence in the Automobile Industry

Business2 months ago

Driving Forward: Mastering the Future of the Automobile Industry through Innovation, Market Trends, and Strategic Excellence

Tech1 month ago

Driving the Future: Exploring Top Innovations in Automotive Technology for Enhanced Safety, Efficiency, and Connectivity

Business1 month ago

Driving Success: Mastering the Automobile Industry with Key Insights on Vehicle Manufacturing, Automotive Sales, and Beyond

Business1 month ago

Hong Kong’s Ambitious Leap: The City’s Strategic Roadmap to Becoming a Global Innovation and Tech Hub

V12 AI REVOLUTION COMMING SOON !

Get ready for a groundbreaking shift in the world of artificial intelligence as the V12 AI Revolution is on the horizon

SPORT NEWS

Business NEWS

Advertisement

POLITCS NEWS

Chatten Sie mit uns

Hallo! Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?

Discover more from Automobilnews News - The first AI News Portal world wide

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading

×