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Struggling DUP will have to claw its way back to top

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With SF closing in on First Minister role, expect the gloves to come off in election campaign

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Troubled times: DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson. Credit: Charles McQuillan

Troubled times: DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson. Credit: Charles McQuillan

DUP’s Nigel Dodds. Credit: Dominic Lipinski

DUP’s Nigel Dodds. Credit: Dominic Lipinski

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Troubled times: DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson. Credit: Charles McQuillan

Panic must be setting in behind that well varnished door at DUP headquarters. It’s been easier for Sir Jeffrey Donaldson to restore the woodwork than his party’s electoral fortunes.

Months away from the election, it’s not making up the ground it needs to on Sinn Fein. The days of the indomitable DUP are over. It seems like another era, but it was only two years ago that it secured 31% to Sinn Fein’s 23% in the Westminster election. Michelle O’Neill’s party now leads its rival by the same margin in the new LucidTalk poll.


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