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Playing the man: How the dark battle for North Belfast in 2019 general election backfired on loyalists

Suzanne Breen


As DUP councillor Marc Collins is suspended over tweets about Sinn Fein's John Finucane, Suzanne Breen looks back at the brutal North Belfast general election campaign in 2019.

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Sinn Fein’s John Finucane celebrates with party leader Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill after being elected in North Belfast in 2019

Sinn Fein’s John Finucane celebrates with party leader Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill after being elected in North Belfast in 2019

Sinn Fein’s John Finucane celebrates with party leader Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill after being elected in North Belfast in 2019

John Finucane versus Nigel Dodds was political box-office gold — the young nationalist challenger versus the seasoned unionist pro.

It was an unbelievably tense and tough campaign because so much was at stake in North Belfast in December 2019.


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