Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Sinn Fein to become largest party in Northern Ireland

The DUP's Jeffery Donaldson looks confident at the Lagan Valley Count
The DUP's Ian Paisley Jr (centre) pictured after winning the North Antrim seat
The Vauxhall Cavalier taxi on which a controlled explosion was carried out on last night outside Templemore Sports Comples in Londonderry where votes were being counted in the general election

Sinn Fein are on the brink of replacing the DUP as the party with the biggest share of the vote in Northern Ireland.

With 17 of the 18 seats declared the DUP had 168,216 votes, a 26.8% share of the poll.

Sinn Fein had 150,638 votes - 24%.

However, the republican party is guaranteed more than 20,000 votes from Fermanagh and South Tyrone - which has gone to a third recount.

The DUP withdrew from this race, allowing Independent Rodney Connor to go head-to-head with Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew.

Pending the result of the Fermanagh recount the SDLP have 107,396 votes (17.1%), Alliance Party 42,325 votes (6.7%), Ulster Conservatives and Unionists 102,361 votes (16.3%),

TUV 26,300 votes (4.2%), Greens 3,542 votes (0.6%).

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