Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 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 Jeffery Donaldson looks confident at the Lagan Valley Count
The DUP's Ian Paisley Jr (centre) pictured after winning the North Antrim seat
Ian Paisley Jr celebrates with DUP Party memebrs after taking the North Antrim seat at the election count in the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena
David Trimble, husband of candidate Daphne Trimble at the Lagan Valley count
The DUP's Peter Robinson at the East Belfast election count in Newtownards
First Minister and DUP Leader Peter Robinson congratulates Naomi Long of the Alliance Party after she won the East Belfast constituency at the count centre in Newtownards
The DUP's Peter Robinson at the East Belfast election count in Newtownards Leisure Centre
Jim Allister Leader of the TUV at The Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena for the North Antrim seat count
Mike Nesbitt at the Strangford election count in Newtownards Leisure Centre
Independent Unionist candidate Lady Sylvia Hermon celebrates retaining her seat in North Down with her sons Robert and Thomas
Independent Unionist candidate Lady Sylvia Hermon celebrates retaining her seat in North Down
Mark Durkan celebrates his re-election as Foyle MP with his election agent Brenda Stevenson, left and his wife Jackie
Sir Reg Empey lost his seat to the DUP's William McCrea
Independent candidate Rodney Connor
Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew answers questions from the press following the suspension of the count at 5am on Friday morning
Sinn Fein candidate for Fermanagh/South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew with newly elected MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty
Rev William McCrea speaks after winning his south Antrim seat
Nigel Dodds with wife Dianne at the Valley Leisure centre in Newtownabbey
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams arrives for the count at the Kings Hall in Belfast where the South and West Belfast constituencies are being tallied
Sein Fein's Gerry Kelly at the count in the Valley Leisure centre in Newtownabbey
DUP's Sammy Wilson delivers his victory speach at Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim
Gregory Campbell who held his seat in East Londonderry after the counting ended earlier this morning in Templemore Sports Complex
Gregory Campbell hugs his wife after he was returned as the MP for East Londonderry
Dr Alasdair McDonnell, SDLP, speaks at the King's Hall after retaining his South Belfast 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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