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From triumph to disaster at polls: how it all went wrong for SF in Derry

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High point: Elisha McCallion claimed the Westminster seat of the SDLP’s Mark Durkan in 2017, but it’s been all downhill from there for Sinn Fein in Derry

High point: Elisha McCallion claimed the Westminster seat of the SDLP’s Mark Durkan in 2017, but it’s been all downhill from there for Sinn Fein in Derry

High point: Elisha McCallion claimed the Westminster seat of the SDLP’s Mark Durkan in 2017, but it’s been all downhill from there for Sinn Fein in Derry

When Elisha McCallion narrowly defeated Mark Durkan to become Foyle MP in June 2017, it was a watershed moment for Sinn Fein in Derry.

For decades the SDLP had been the ruling party in the city. Finally, Sinn Fein thought, their time had come.


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