Sinn Fein has a chance to win the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, signalling an historic moment in Irish nationalism.
The Irish nationalist party secured 29 per cent of first preference votes putting Michelle O’Neill on track to become first minister of Northern Ireland.
Sinn Fein has been closely associated with the IRA and looks to be able to sever the ties to the Democratic Unionist Party, (DUP), in order to deal a serious blow to the unionism movement in the UK. Sinn Fein has secured 23 of the 26 seats needed to win the election, whilst the DUP is trailing with 22 seats.
” “There are no doubt that there are huge fundamental questions being asked about the UK right now,” stated Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister.
The Scottish Nationalist Party also made gains in the local elections, gained an additional 62 council seats winning 453 seats overall.
The conservatives haemorrhaged support across the UK losing over 400 seats with councillors blaming the defeat on the continuing cost of living crisis and partygate scandal.
Sinn Fein’s deputy chief Michelle O’Neill said today that the election results “ushers into a new age” and represent a “very important moment of change”.
” “It’s a moment that will define our politics and our people,” she stated.