Tuesday 26 September 2017

SDLP left counting its losses as Sinn Fein take key seats

Mud-slinging, name calling and dirty tricks at the ballot box, it's all in a days work during the NI elections, writes Jim Cusack

Arlene Foster, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Arlene Foster, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Sinn Fein's main success in the Assembly election was against the SDLP but also against Fianna Fail's plans to expand north in 2019.

The ethnic and political demographics of the North remain unchanged, with about 60pc of voters committed to the union with Great Britain and regarding themselves as 'British' or 'Northern Irish'.

The 2011 census figures show that there has been barely any change in people's views in Northern Ireland since partition and the elections of 1921.

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