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Northern Ireland elections: more polarisation

Worse still, the British government will have little psychic space for dealing with the troublesome province during the Brexit process

By Ruth Dudley Edwards  

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill , Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams at a post-election press conference ©Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

Last Thursday’s election to the Northern Ireland Assembly was a triumph for Sinn Fein, which achieved its best result ever. It was a near-disaster for unionism. Sinn Fein’s share of the vote went up by 3.9 per cent as the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP’s) went down by 1.1 per cent.

The BBC kept telling us that the election was called as a Sinn Fein protest against the…

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