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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

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

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

The DUP's Ian Paisley Jr (centre) pictured after winning the North Antrim seat

David Trimble, husband of candidate Daphne Trimble at the Lagan Valley count

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

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

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

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

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

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 with her sons Robert and Thomas

Mark Durkan celebrates his re-election as Foyle MP with his election agent Brenda Stevenson, left and his wife Jackie

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

Sir Reg Empey lost his seat to the DUP's William McCrea

Independent candidate Rodney Connor

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'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

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

Rev William McCrea speaks after winning his south Antrim seat

Nigel Dodds with wife Dianne at the Valley Leisure centre in Newtownabbey

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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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

After a historic set of general election results in Northern Ireland, these are some of the quotes from a night of political drama:

"You should always be careful what you wish for in politics"

Defeated DUP leader Peter Robinson after pointing out that he personally hadn't wanted to run again for Westminster.

"Every dark cloud has a silver lining"

Keith McGrellis only took 223 votes in Foyle and lost his deposit, but said he won £2,500 after putting £25 at odds of 100/1 for Naomi Long to beat Peter Robinson.

"F*** off. You have been working for this for 18 months"

A senior DUP member to the journalist Eamonn Mallie after Peter Robinson's defeat was confirmed in east Belfast. The DUP figure later apologised for his outburst at the Kings Hall, Belfast.

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"I know I'm starting to sound like Barry McGuigan, but I really do want to thank my family"

Democratic Unionist Jim Shannon after repeatedly thanking his family during his victory speech.

"I think us and the Conservatives and Unionists have taken a little bit of a bloody nose"

Former journalist and now defeated Conservative and Unionist candidate Mike Nesbitt understates his party's performance in Northern Ireland.

"The result is a symbol of the esteem in which she is held by the people of North Down"

Defeated UCUNF (Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force) candidate Ian Parsley acknowledging Lady Sylvia Hermon's emphatic victory in North Down.

"I have no time to celebrate any of our party's successes. I have been acting as a tally man at a count in Banbridge and am heading to the airport to catch the first flight to London to be a tally man for my son who is also called Conor. He is standing as a Labour candidate in the council election in Islington"

Sinn Fein politician Conor McGinn.

"It's a kinda magic"

BBC anchor Noel Thompson on one of his reporters' striking resemblance to defeated UCUNF candidate and Freddie Mercury impersonator Harry Hamilton.

"How long have I been elected? It is now 2.30am, So I have only been elected for an hour and you want me to give it up? Give me a chance"

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, 61, when asked if this would be the last time he stood in a British General Election.


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