THE DUP has said that it did not intentionally crop a Sinn Fein Minister from a photo of local politicians welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Northern Ireland.
Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster met the delegate on Sunday ahead of the G8 Summit, after he touched down in Belfast International Airport on Sunday.
Shortly after the ministers greeted the Japanese PM, the DUP press office tweeted a picture of the meeting.
But the Mid-Ulster MLA was seemingly removed from the snap, which provoked a tongue-in-cheek response from Sinn Fein colleague Phil Flanagan.
The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA, who tweeted the original picture of the meet and greet, said: “Someone missing?”.
He added: “DUP policy now to put Shinners on the end of the photo for easy photoshopping.”
In response to a query from the MAIL, a DUP spokesperson said the photo edit “wasn’t intentional”.
“The ministers are all working very closely together ahead of the G8 Summit and will continue to,” the spokesperson said.
Mr Abe is in the country for the two-day global event which is being held at the Lough Erne golf resort, County Fermanagh.
A host of other world leaders have also arrived in the province, including US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Mid-Ulster Mail also approached Sinn Fein for a response on the issue.
The party declined to comment.