Thursday, March 08, 2007


Results in the North emerge

The first results are coming through in the North and while it seems voting patterns will remain steady for the DUP and Sinn Féin, the UUP look to be in some difficulty. The SDLP don't appear to be in as bad a position but they look set to finish behind Sinn Féin once more as expected.

The Alliance Party's Naomi Long has been elected so one wonders if that party's fortunes will pick up following its miserable results in recent years.

Update: As things stand at Friday, 12:30 am:

DUP - 21 seats

Sinn Féin - 20 seats

SDLP - 6 seats

Alliance - 3 seats

UUP - 5 seats

108 seats are available

Thursday thoughts:

I've watched Ian Paisley being interviewed by the BBC's Noel Thompson and the guy went into complete meltdown. He said Sinn Féin had been roundly defeated even though they're on course to do very well. He also said Noel Thompson was a neighbour of his and had always been ungrateful! Just brilliant stuff altogether. Hopefully it will pop up on Youtube soon. Why people vote for this loon is totally beyond me.

Update 2:

Independent candidate Gerry McGeough, interviewed on United Irelander a week ago, has been arrested over "serious terrorist crime".

I am shocked to hear that.

It is understood he is being questioned about the attempted murder of a UDR member in 1981.

At the vote count in Fermanagh-South Tyrone he polled 814 votes giving him 1.8%

Friday morning thoughts:

Well as I write this 52 of the 108 seats have been decided but it's already clear to see that Sinn Féin and the DUP have emerged with extremely strong mandates.

I think it's fair to conclude that the people of the North want the politicians to now get on with power-sharing and for key decisions to once again be made by locally elected ministers.

Come on Dr Paisley. No more excuses.


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