However, Ms Foster was hit by a swift backlash as listeners took to Twitter to voice their frustration at the leader’s “arrogance”, attitude and blame-shifting at a difficult time for the country.
While speaking on Newsnight Mr O’Dowd said: “The DUP’s support for a right-wing Conservative form of Brexit has caused huge problems for the Island of Ireland and the relationships across the border.
“They chose to spend more time engaging with English nationals than they did with Irish nationals.
“As a result, we had political failures and I think this is an attempt by political unionism to hide the feelings that they have made in this political era.
“They were led by the nose of the Conservative Party and they fail their own people.”
Speaking on the Today Programme, Mis Foster argued the fury in Northern Ireland was the failure of any Sinn Fein politicians facing prosecution after attending a funeral during Covid lockdown.
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