Could Be A First



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From top: the count centre in Ballymena this morning; Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill

With reports indicating turnout in yesterday’s Northern Ireland Assembly elections “may exceed 60%”- the highest in 10 years…

…the proportion of registered voters casting their ballots was even higher in the Mid Ulster stronghold of Michelle O’Neill, the new Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland, with 80% of the electorate going to polling stations.

The key electoral battle will be between Foster and O’Neill. The DUP won 38 seats in the Stormont parliament last year and was therefore able to elect Foster as first minister.

The main unionist party is expected to lose seats in an assembly cut from 108 members overall last May to 90 this time round. If Sinn Féin emerge as the largest political party, O’Neill could become the new first minister….


Northern Ireland assembly poll turnout ‘highest in a decade’ (Henry McDonald, Guardian)

Pics: RTÉ, Rollingnews.

8 thoughts on “Could Be A First

  1. mildred st. meadowlark

    Do they really want to see Foster back in power? I think she’s done a great job so far of showing her true colours.

  2. Mahoney

    how bad is it up in norn iron? ever since good friday there’s been less and less information on sectarian tensions among the general population

  3. Ben Redmond

    I hope the three main parties will support a minority Green-led party in the Stormont assembly. And pigs can’t fly.

  4. Scundered

    Fear will keep everyone voting for the same extremists, as doing anything else might risk giving ground to the opposition. The sad reality.

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