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Little optimism on Shankill Assembly can be restored after Thursday’s outcome

By Christine Carrigan

Despite the DUP’s strong election performance, on Belfast’s Shankill Road yesterday there was little sense of optimism that the Assembly could be back up and running soon.

Resident Sally Gilmore said she “only voted because I felt like I had to”. She believes that if politicians are “still going to faff around”, getting Stormont up and running again “won’t change any time soon”.

Butcher Sammy Glenn said the election has “ostracised the middle people; nationalists have voted for Sinn Fein and the unionists for DUP”.

He went on to say that he had little hope for power-sharing’s future because “Sinn Fein played their cards to be the largest party and it didn’t come off for them, the same as Theresa May”.

“It is going to be very hard for them to negotiate now,” he added.

Similarly, Shankill resident Margaret McCall concluded that “in my eyes there are only the two parties, DUP and Sinn Fein, because they are always going to be in battle with each other”.

As for the Assembly’s prospects, she added: “In Stormont I have no idea what is going to happen with that — they didn’t do anything about it last time.”

Shankill man Mark McCall commented: “I just voted for the DUP because of Nigel Dodds — he is always out doing things and helping the community; he is the best one that I see.”

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