Election candidate says Martin McGuinness ‘transformed Irish politics for the better’

Sinn Féin’s Assembly election candidate for Lagan Valley, Dr Peter Doran, has hailed Martin McGuinness as “a political giant and an inspirational leader.”

Martin McGuinness

Banbridge book of condolence for passing of Martin McGuinness

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council is opening a book of condolence in Banbridge ‘for people to acknowledge the sad passing’ of Martin McGuinness, the Lord Mayor Garath Keating has said.

Trevor Lunn MLA.

Martin McGuinness lived a life of two halves, says Alliance MLA

Lagan Valley MLA Trevor Lunn has said it’s important that people recognise Martin McGuinness’s contribution to the peace process.

Rathfriland UUP councillor Glenn Barr has requested dialogue on the signs

Irish road signs ‘being imposed’ on unionist areas

A UUP councillor has hit out at Newry Mourne and Down District after it “imposed” an Irish language sign on the area for the second time.

UUP representative Jenny Palmer. 
Pic by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye

I won’t be bowing down to cowards, says UUP woman

Ulster Unionist election candidate Jenny Palmer has said she won’t be forced out of frontline politics by threats and intimidation.

The DUP's Brenda Hale pictured at the count at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

Pic by Philip Magowan, Press Eye

‘We need greater cooperation for sake of unionist family’

Defeated DUP election candidate Brenda Hale has called for “greater cooperation for the sake of the unionist family.”

Jenny Palmer

Jenny Palmer ‘vulnerable’ after receiving online threats

Ulster Unionist Jenny Palmer has come under attack on social media from an individual accusing her of splitting unionism in Lagan Valley.

Alan McQuillan, Pat McCartan, and Etta Campbell

Stop MLAs’ pay under direct rule, Brokenshire urged

MLAs should only be paid for a maximum of three months if direct rule from Westminster become necessary.

The SDLP's Pat Catney giving his acceptance speech at the Lagan Valley count. Pic by Declan Roughan

‘Let’s get together and make Northern Ireland work’ - Catney

Lagan Valley’s surprise package, SDLP man Pat Catney, has described his election to the Northern Ireland Assembly as “unbelievable”.

Robbie Butler, UUP

Brave decisions need to be taken, says Butler

The UUP’s Robbie Butler has said “brave decisions” now need to be taken in order to get the Assembly up and running again.


Who were the high profile losers in the Assembly election?

The harsh reality of political elections left a number of high profile casualties.
Trevor Lunn, Alliance.

Increased turnout was vote of confidence, claims Alliance man

The increased voter turnout across Northern Ireland was a clear sign that people want devolved government and local politicians making decisions on key issues such as the economy, health and education.

Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots

‘Parties must overcome differences and make Northern Ireland work’ – Poots

The DUP’s Edwin Poots has described the Assembly election result as “a wake up call for unionism”.

Samuel Morrison, TUV.

2017 will be remembered as a dreadful year for unionism, says TUV man

Unsuccessful TUV Lagan Valley candidate Samuel Morrison has described the outcome of the Assembly election as “a catastrophic result for unionism”.

Mike Nesbitt announces his resignation as Ulster Unionist leader and Arlene Foster at her count on Friday, March 3

Election 2017: Unionism loses Stormont majority

Northern Ireland is today waking up to a fundamentally altered political reality: unionism is no longer a majority in the Stormont chamber for the first time since the creation of the Province a century ago.

Counting the votes at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex.

How the people of Lagan Valley voted

The turnout across the constituency was up more than nine per cent on last year’s election.

Poll topper Paul Givan with fellow DUP candidate Edwin Poots and party members and supporters at the count centre in Lisburn.

Givan tops poll: It’s now time to get on with the job, says DUP man

The DUP’s Paul Givan has said it’s now “time to get on with the job” after he topped the poll in Lagan Valley - just as he did in last year’s Assembly election.

Counting is underway in the NI Assembly election

LIVE BLOG: NI Assembly election - as it happened

The full results of the Northern Ireland Assembly election are now in. We've all the news, views and analysis from across Northern Ireland.
A members of the public arrives at Brookeborough Primary School in County Fermanagh which is one of the polling stations in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

How the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system works

While the make-up of the next Assembly chamber remains in doubt, there will definitely be fewer bums on seats.


Everything you need to know about voting in the Assembly elections

There are more than 600 polling stations operating today throughout Northern Ireland.
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