OUTGOING First Minister Arlene Foster has issued a robust message to Sinn Fein: the Democratic Unionist Party will not "rewrite the past" following the next election. 

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill has tonight said the British government has undermined the political institutions by failing to honour its agreements.

"It is a bit rich for British Secretary of State James Brokenshire to say that his government will continue to stand by commitments made in agreements.

"The British governments refusal to honour its commitments on equality provisions and legacy, its imposition of austerity and its attempt to drag the north out of the EU have undermined the political institutions.

"In doing they have given cover to the DUP's arrogance and their disregard and disrespect for the institutions and the people,” she said.

But Mrs. Foster who was ousted from the first minister position by the resignation of Martin McGuinness last week amid the renewable heat incentive scandal said her party would not “roll over” for Sinn Fein after the snap election.

During a visit to Enniskillen today Mrs. Foster was asked if she thought she would return to Stormont as first minister following the March 2 vote.

She told impartialreporter.com: “Undoubtably before that there is some work to do, particularly in and around the negotiations which will happen after the election.

“If Sinn Fein think we are simply roll over after an election when we didn’t allow them to, for example rewrite the past before the election, we are certainly not going to do it after the election. I think there will be very tough negotiations after the election,” she said. 

Meanwhile the BBC’s Stephen Nolan Show revealed this morning that the biggest cluster of recipients for RHI, the incentive that sparked the current political crisis, is around Dungannon, County Tyrone - Mrs. Foster’s constituency. Here there are 342 boilers there, one in six of the total across Northern Ireland. 

Asked if she specifically encouraged people in her own constituency to avail of the scheme, Mrs. Foster replied: “I was Minister at the time of the scheme and I was hoping people would take up the scheme and indeed during my time in office there was an underspend. 

“As regards the geographical spread of the scheme not one person, not one person came into my office nor did I advise one person in relation to the scheme in the Fermanagh-south Tyrone area. 

"I can categorically stand over the fact that I didn’t advise one single person or one single business to take up the RHI scheme.”