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Foster speaks of need to focus on 'common good'

Fermanagh South Tyrone

By Cate McCurry

As the dust settled after the count here, attention turned to how Sinn Fein and Arlene Foster would work harmoniously.

Three Sinn Fein candidates, one DUP and one UUP won the seats after a hotly-contested race. The jubilant scenes at Omagh Leisure Complex from republicans were in stark contrast to last year's election, when they lost a seat to the SDLP's Richie McPhillips.

But, as the DUP leader said in her post-election speech, "the people have spoken" and now it's up to the elected representatives to move on to the next stage. Mrs Foster - who topped the poll with 8,479 votes - spoke of how she is ready to talk with the political parties.

"All public representatives of goodwill must now move forward into these negotiations with a view to forming a Northern Ireland government and let us hope that the common good will be able to prevail over narrow divisive interests," she said.

Michelle Gildernew, Sean Lynch and Jemma Dolan were elected for Sinn Fein.

The UUP's Rosemary Barton retained her seat, with DUP chairman Lord Morrow failing to get re-elected.

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