Sinn Féin’s John Finucane (top centre) celebrates his win over DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds (above centre) this morning
Unionists will not have a majority of the 18 seats in Westminster for the first time…
its deputy leader was ousted by Sinn Féin and the party lost out to the Alliance Party in North Down…SDLP leader Colum Eastwood won in Foyle and Alliance Party deputy leader Stephen Farry took the North Down seat vacated by Sylvia Hermon.
The results will be seen as potential evidence of a shift towards more centre-ground politics in the region – a trend that appears to be borne out by another positive showing for the cross-community Alliance Party.
For the first time ever, Northern Ireland has returned a majority of nationalist MPs with a total of 9 (7 SF, 2 SDLP) compared to 8 unionist MPs (all DUP).
Whatever your political inclination, there’s no denying this is historic.