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    Sinn Féin makes gains in Northern Ireland elections - sparking dramatic shake-up in Assembly

    Stormont's snap election has significantly altered the make-up of Northern Ireland's devolved Assembly, with nationalism making major strides at the expense of unionists.

    In a dramatic shake-up, unionists have lost their long-enduring and highly symbolic overall majority in the chamber.
    In a dramatic shake-up, unionists have lost their long-enduring and highly symbolic overall majority in the chamber.

    Final Results

    90/90 Seats Filled

    • 28 DUP
    • 27 SF
    • 12 SDLP
    • 10 UUP
    • 8 AP
    • 5 I/O




    Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt announced his resignation after a poor showing, while DUP leader and former first minister Arlene Foster will face intense scrutiny after her party fell below the threshold to trigger a contentious Stormont veto mechanism.
    Having entered the election 10 seats ahead of Sinn Fein, the DUP saw that gap slashed to a solitary seat as the republican party's support surged.

    The nationalist SDLP also fared better than many expected, replacing the UUP as the third largest party in the Assembly.
    The results may be rendered moot if the main parties fail to a strike a deal to form a new powersharing executive within three weeks.












    If that deadline passes, the Government would be obliged to call yet another snap election, but it may instead opt to put Stormont in cold storage and reintroduce direct rule.
    The DUP emerged with 28 seats, Sinn Fein had 27, SDLP 12, the UUP 10, the Alliance Party eight, the Greens two, People Before Profit one, the Traditional Unionist Voice one and one independent unionist.

    10 10 Sinn Fein candidates in Belfast West MLA's celebrate with Fra McCann, Orlaith Flynn, Pat Sheehan, and Alex Maskey holding up four fingers during their declaration speech at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Liam McBurney/PA Wire


    That leaves 40 unionists and 39 nationalist/republicans, with the remainder of the 90 MLAs affiliated to neither tradition.
    Mr Nesbitt has said he will remain as UUP leader until a successor is found. At least he won his Assembly seat - other high-profile MLAs were not so fortunate.

    10 10 Sinn Fein Leader in the North Michelle O'Neill (centre) at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena. Niall Carson/PA Wire


    The SDLP's Alex Attwood, the UUP's Danny Kennedy, and the DUP's Nelson McCausland and Lord Morrow were four former Executive ministers who failed to secure a return to a Stormont legislature that is being cut from 108 to 90 members.
    Despite Mr Nesbitt's dramatic announcement, the story of the election was the increase in support for Sinn Fein.

    The republican party came extremely close to securing more first preference votes than the long-time largest party, the DUP.
    While the DUP saw its vote dip, the travails of the UUP meant it reaffirmed its position as the main voice of unionism.
    That offered a measure of solace in what was otherwise a bad election for Mrs Foster's party, which no longer has enough MLAs - 30 - to deploy Stormont's controversial "petition of concern".
    The mechanism effectively handed the DUP a veto on issues including moves to lift the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
    The snap poll was forced after Sinn Fein pulled the plug on the powersharing institutions in protest at Mrs Foster's handling of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - an error-ridden scheme that left Stormont facing a potential overspend of almost £500 million.
    The campaign exposed other major policy disputes between the parties.
    Sinn Fein's northern leader Michelle O'Neill said: "I think it's a brilliant day for equality, I think it's a great day for democracy.

    "The vote has increased. I think that is because people knew that action needed to be taken, they have had their say, we now need to get down to the business of fixing what's wrong and delivering for all citizens."
    After being elected in her Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency, Mrs Foster said: "I think it's very clear that was absolutely not about RHI. It may have been the excuse but it certainly wasn't the cause of the election.
    "The cause of the election was Sinn Fein and republicanism wanting to rerun the election, they have mobilised their vote in a very effective way.

    "I am pleased that the DUP has come out as the largest party in terms of votes. It is very clear in terms of unionism that it is the Democratic Unionist Party that speaks for unionism."
    She added: "I do hope devolution will get back up and running as quickly as possible."
    With the UUP failing to make any ground on the DUP, former TV anchor Mr Nesbitt fell on his sword.

    His campaign pledge to transfer a second preference vote to the nationalist SDLP appears to have been his undoing, with unionist voters clearly not keen on him voicing support for any candidate who favoured a united Ireland.
    Mr Nesbitt said it had been an "absolute honour" to lead the party.
    "In pure terms, the buck stops here," he said.

    He said his real regret was that Northern Ireland society appeared to have emerged from the election more polarised.
    Mr Nesbitt said the electorate had rejected his hope for a post-sectarian vote.
    "We will get there," he said. "Some day Northern Ireland will vote as a normal democracy. We will vote in a post-sectarian election, but it's now clear it will not happen during the duration of my political career."

    SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said he will consider joining any new powersharing government.
    "We are very, very happy. This has been a fantastic turnaround for the SDLP. In a very poisonous atmosphere. We have come out with an increased support and I don't think anybody was predicting that."
    In a statement, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan said: "I congratulate all of those who have won seats and wish them well in discharging their mandates. I also want to acknowledge those candidates who were unsuccessful. They have shown courage and a commitment to public service by seeking election and participating in the democratic process.

    "As co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, the Irish and British Governments stand ready to provide whatever support or engagement may be necessary to re-establish the devolved institutions.
    "In this regard, I plan to be in touch with the parties in Northern Ireland and with Secretary of State Brokenshire over the next 24 hours.!


    Sinn Féin makes gains in Northern Ireland elections - sparking dramatic shake-up in Assembly - Independent.ie

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    It was a great victory yesterday the tide has turned , the unionist do no have the majority anymore , Tiocfaidh ár lá

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    I have a huge soft spot for Ireland, both their country and it's people, having lived there in Galway for some time.

    I tried to read the news article but it was written from a perspective of the reader knowing the history.

    WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

    Quick history please and how did/does the election change that?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
    So much of this. I saw the headlines myself on another site and tried to read about it and gave up.

    Particularly interested how the politics lean now. If its left or right. Trying to see if there is a rightward trend or a leftward trend.

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    It's quite simple really.

    The Taigs ( scummy, papish Catholic drossy, baby-farming, paedophiles who support the IRA gangsters in murder, racketeering and lounging about in benefit addicted fecklessness ) are nearing critical mass in attaining a majority of representatives in the power-sharing Assembly of Norther Ireland at Stormont. If they did achieve a working majority then the First Minister will be a terrorist.

    The Taigs ultimately want unification with the Republic of Ireland but the Protestants, the good people of Northern Ireland who work hard, have nice manners and know how to exercise birth control, would rather die than let that happen and want to remain British for eternity.

    The truth of the matter is that the Republic does not want N. Ireland because they will be faced with the hassle of grumpy Protestants who will almost certainly spoil all that Irish-eyes-are-smiling-let's-all-dance-like-epileptic-cretins-to-hippity-skippity-jippity-music bullshit that what goes on in all the pubs down South.

    Another complication is the inconvenient fact that the fenian, catholic Taigs, all dregs of society who don't like to work, receive much better benefits in Northern Ireland under the British system than they would under the Irish system.

    Septics support the Taigs because they're stupid.

    The future, as they say, is grim.

    However, Michelle O'Neill, despite being an IRA terrorist, is supremely comely, eminently shaggable and has great tits and therefore would make a fine First Minister.
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    ^ Ok so seekingass doesn't like it. Got it.

    Must be a good idea whatever they are doing.

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    What a croc of crap, not a kernel of truth in any of that.

    However the viewpoint espoused by our resident bigot is barely surprising.

    He is well known for wandering around Pattaya twirling his baton, bowler hatted, whilst whistling "the sash my father wore"

    Face it SA you are yesterday's man the sash is no longer Orange - it is green white and gold with St Patrick 'round the fold.

    Har har

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    har har

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    ^^
    What a croc of crap, not a kernel of truth in any of that.

    However the viewpoint espoused by our resident bigot is barely surprising.

    He is well known for wandering around Pattaya twirling his baton, bowler hatted, whilst whistling "the sash my father wore"

    Face it SA you are yesterday's man the sash is no longer Orange - it is green white and gold with St Patrick 'round the fold.

    Har har
    Not a view of any currency in the Shankill Protestant Boys Flute Band.

    But then, what on earth would you know, you're an Ocker now, aren't you?

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    It's fuckin disgusting bringing this type of discussion on to a Thailand forum
    I have had to listen to this narrow minded bigotry from Catholic and protestants all my life.
    Pure shite

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    It's in the World News forum, you silly old soak.

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    Who would you voter for ?

    DUP



    or SF


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    SA would vote for the guy in the red jacket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbobs View Post
    It's fuckin disgusting bringing this type of discussion on to a Thailand forum
    I have had to listen to this narrow minded bigotry from Catholic and protestants all my life.
    Pure shite
    Please accept my sincere apologies Jim, I never thought that you would read this thread.

    I should have been more thoughtful as I know you are an HSP (highly sensitive person).

    I suggest that you lie down in a darkened room and hug teddy for an hour or two.

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    Ha ha ha
    Thanks iceman for not trying to hurt my feelings
    Your not even fuckin Irish
    Your a porridge wog arnt you

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbobs View Post
    Ha ha ha
    Thanks iceman for not trying to hurt my feelings
    Your not even fuckin Irish
    Your a porridge wog arnt you
    Parents from Southern Ireland, I was born and raised in Scotland, moved to Oz in 2000.

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    OK ... believe it or not, we are getting somewhere.

    It's Northern Ireland's election. I know this was in bold in the OP, but I was more drawn to the ... and assumed Ireland.


    Have to say ... my interest is diminished now. No disrespects to our esteemed countrymen 'over the border' ... but I never lived in Northern Ireland.


    BTW ... it's going to be one heck of a wall you guys build when the Brexit happens.

    Ireland remaining in the EU ... and Northern Ireland exiting as part of GB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    Who would you voter for ?
    If you base your voting choice on whether you would want to shag them or not you should not be surprised when it is you that gets screwed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    OK ... believe it or not, we are getting somewhere.

    It's Northern Ireland's election. I know this was in bold in the OP, but I was more drawn to the ... and assumed Ireland.


    Have to say ... my interest is diminished now. No disrespects to our esteemed countrymen 'over the border' ... but I never lived in Northern Ireland.


    BTW ... it's going to be one heck of a wall you guys build when the Brexit happens.

    Ireland remaining in the EU ... and Northern Ireland exiting as part of GB.
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    Yes its Northern Ireland and yes it's not right verses left , its religious, the fear by Protestants of Roman Catholic rule from Romes Pope.
    The Catholics are gaining more seats due to breeding more babies, no birth control helps as its a sin.

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