Mighty roar goes up as former finance minister tops the poll

Posted By: March 04, 2017

Brendan Hughes. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, March 4, 2017SINN Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir was greeted with the roars of cheering supporters yesterday as he topped the poll in South Belfast.The former finance minister beamed with pride as his victory was announced at Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre.He was re-elected to Stormont on the first count after achieving 7,610 first-preference votes – more than […]

Long storms to victory

Posted By: March 04, 2017

Brendan Hughes. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, March 4, 2017 ALLIANCE leader Naomi Long stormed to victory in East Belfast yesterday with a poll-topping performance.The former MP for the constituency racked up 7,610 first-preference votes – almost 1,000 above the quota of 6,727 and over 2,000 more than she received last year.Reflecting the trend seen across Northern Ireland, East Belfast had […]

Heartland beats for Republicans

Posted By: March 04, 2017

Allison Morris.Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, March 4, 2017 THE mood in the Sinn Féin heartland of west Belfast had been one of optimism since the confirmation six weeks ago that voters were heading to the polls again.But only the most optimistic could have predicted such a massive swing back to the party.Newcomer Órlaithí Flynn topped the poll, elected on […]

Support for Foster falls in home constituency

Posted By: March 04, 2017

ECLIPSED: DUP leader Arlene Foster was more than 200 votes short of the quota.PERSONAL VOTE: Michelle O’Neill had the highest personal vote of the election  John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, March 4, 2017SUPPORT for DUP leader Arlene Foster has fallen in her home constituency despite a significant increase in turnout.The former first minister, who has faced fierce […]

Northern Ireland’s future in the UK now depends on Alliance voters

Posted By: March 04, 2017

Ben Lowry.Belfast Telegraph. Saturday, March 4, 2017After last year’s bad election result for nationalism, I speculated on these pages about whether it might be the emergence of the Rory McIlroy generation. I was referring to young people from a Catholic background who, like the star golfer from Holywood, were not much bothered about Irish unity.No such political trend would be more […]

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