09 May 2022
Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill with her party's newly elected MLAs at Stormont today (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Assembly election campaign was deadly dull, but the results weren’t as Sinn Fein swept into position as Stormont’s largest party.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson's strident opposition to Michelle O’Neill becoming First Minister made nationalist voters more determined to make it happen.

The DUP, UUP and TUV will all be disappointed at how they fared, but key moments in a trio of constituencies could have transformed things dramatically for each of them.

The UUP was so close to a big win by a fresh face in Foyle.

Strangford success would have freed Jim Allister from continuing solitude at Stormont.

And there would have been DUP delight with Doug Beattie’s defeat in Upper Bann.

With a stunning 17 MLAs elected, Alliance proved that not all revolutions are green or orange.

While MLAs gather at Parliament Buildings today, a new power-sharing administration won’t be formed anytime soon.

We seem set for weeks or months of tedious talks between the parties. Post-election, it’s still stalemate at Stormont.

Suzanne

My post-election round-up

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