Editorial: Sinn Féin’s big election win brings huge responsibilities

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill (left) and president Mary Lou McDonald at Belfast City Hall as the results came in for the Northern Ireland local elections on Friday. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA© PA


Sinn Féin is now the biggest party in both Stormont and Northern Ireland’s 11 local councils. This is a moment of historic change in a polity created a century ago to safeguard political control by those who trenchantly supported the link between the north- east of Ireland and the United Kingdom.