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Unionists must accept result of election

The news that Rodney Connor, supported by his unionist cohorts in the DUP and UUP, has gone to the High Court to challenge the recent election result comes as no surprise to the majority of nationalists in Fermanagh South Tyrone.

Throughout the history of this constituency, the unionist-controlled establishment repeatedly resorted to using the once unionist-sympathetic judiciary to overrule the democratic will of the people.

In 1955, Philip Clarke became the first MP to be elected for Sinn Fein since partition.

Following Clarke's election, his defeated opponent, the unionist candidate Lt Col Robert Grosvenor (later Duke of Westminster), lodged a petition to have him unseated as Clarke was serving a 10-year prison sentence for a treason felony.

The High Court subsequently stripped Clarke of his seat and handed it to Grosvenor without a by-election, all in the name of democracy.

In April 1981, Bobby Sands was elected MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone while on hunger strike in Long Kesh.

Following his election, the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, rushed through legislation to change the electoral law and prevent another republican prisoner candidate from standing for election.

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Now we have the attempts by the unionists to take this election result to the High Court in a bid to get it overturned.

It seems there is no end to unionist efforts to remove the democratic process.

The unionists need to come to terms with the fact that the Orange state is gone; that no longer are they in control of the security forces, the judiciary or the democratic process and that Michelle Gildernew was duly elected MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone for a third term.


Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh