Irish nationalist Sinn Fein earns historic Northern Ireland election win

Sinn Fein overtook the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in voting for the province’s 90-member national Assembly, winning the most seats, 27, and securing the highest share of first preference votes. This compares with 25 seats for the DUP and 17 for the Alliance Party.

The counting of votes finished early on Sunday, with all 90 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly now filled, according to the UK’s PA media news agency.

Sinn Fein is now the largest party in the assembly and can nominate a first minister for the first time. The party is opposed to Northern Ireland being part of the United Kingdom and is in favor of a united Ireland.

“The preparation for constitutional change in Ireland needs to begin now,” Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald told CNN on Friday evening as results began to emerge. “We need to be alive to the fact that change is underway.

“It is my absolute determination that that change will be entirely peaceful,” she added.

A clause in the 1998 peace accords, signed with the British and Irish governments after decades of deadly conflict known as The Troubles, established that a referendum on Irish unification could be held if it appears likely that the majority of voters would back it.

That day remains a distant prospect despite the results of Thursday’s vote. But Sinn Fein’s emergence as Northern Ireland’s largest party nonetheless could force a conversation around a so-called border poll.

Sinn Fein was once closely associated with the IRA, which fought a bloody three-decade military campaign to end British rule and unite the island of Ireland, though the party has since positioned itself as a grassroots left-wing political party focused on social issues north and south of the border.

The party stands in elections to Britain’s Parliament but does not take up any seats it wins. It previously had a strong showing in the 2020 general election in the Republic of Ireland.

Its success in the Northern Irish poll on Thursday was aided by a slide from the DUP, which has held the post of first minister since 2007 and briefly propped up Theresa May’s Conservative government in Westminster from 2017.

Source link


The Thirst for Merch

On Friday morning, a cloudless sky stretched above the...

Spanish foreign minister presses EU to retrain focus on migration

MADRID — Spain wants the EU to revive its...

Rescue underway after horse trapped south of Sydney

Fire crews are on the scene after a horse...

Elon Musk Reportedly Had Twins Last Year With One Of His Company Execs

The twins were reportedly born weeks before the Tesla...

Boris Johnson clings to power after dozens of British lawmakers resign and urge him to quit

Johnson began the day vowing to fight on, despite the shock resignations of his finance minister, health secretary and dozens of other lawmakers furious...

Boris Johnson’s tenure has been defined by scandal. Here are some of the biggest ones

Johnson's government has been plagued by a series of scandals, from accusations of his disregard for rules and revelations of illegal lockdown-breaking parties held...

Ethiopian Prime Minister and rebel group blame each other for apparent civilian massacre

The incident appears to be an ethnically targeted attack, according to a statement from the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This is the...