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Friday 28 November 2014

Sinn Fein's Gildernew wins in Fermanagh by four votes

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew celebrates after winning the seat for  Fermanagh South Tyrone at  westminster election by four votes. May 2010
Pacemaker Press 7/5/10 Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew celebratesafter winning the seat for Fermanagh South Tyrone at westminster election by four votes Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew answers questions from the press following the suspension of the count at 5am on Friday morning
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 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

Michelle Gildernew has won the count in Fermanagh and South Tyrone by the narrowest of margins.

The Sinn Fein candidate retained her seat on the third recount with 21,304 votes, after a nail-biting tussle with Independent unity candidate Rodney Connor.





Mr Connor is reported to have requested a fourth recount, but it was refused by election officials.



A legal challenge from unionists in the constituency can not be ruled out.

Ms Gildernew took the seat in 2001 with a majority of 53 votes





After the first count, Mr Connor was 10 votes ahead before his Sinn Fein rival took the lead in the subsequent recount.



Speaking after her victory, Ms Gildernew said she received the backing of constituents from both traditions.

"The regressive attempt by the Orange Order to muster the combined forces of unionism against me and against the progressive politics I represent had to be confronted," she said.



The SDLP's Fearghal McKinney polled 3,574 votes, after refusing to stand down to aid Ms Gildernew against an agreed unionist candidate.



Fermanagh/South Tyrone

Sinn Fein hold

Michelle Gildernew (Sinn Fein) 21,304

Rodney Connor (Independent) 21,300

Vasundhara Kamble (Alliance) 437

Fearghal McKinney (SDLP) 3,574

John Stevenson (Independent) 188

Majority 4 (four) Turnout 69.31%

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