NI Election Results: As It Happened

NI Election Results: As It Happened

After two days of counting, all results in the local government elections across Northern Ireland have been declared and the DUP and Sinn Féin remain the two largest parties.

While the DUP took the most seats on the 11 new super councils, 130 in total, the party's share of the first preference votes fell by just over 4% since the last local Governement election in 2011.Sinn Féin took the most seats in five of the council areas, including Belfast and Derry and Strabane, returning 105 councillors overall.Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness hailed the result as "historic" for the party.The UUP performed well with 88 councillors elected, receiving the highest number of first preference votes in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon super council. The smaller unionist parties also made gains, at the expense of the larger DUP.According to the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson, talks between his party and the UUP are "ongoing" ahead of the Assembley election next year.DUP has won 130 councils seats with 144,928 votes: Sinn Fein 105 seats with 151,137 votes. #utvelection— Ken Reid (@KenReid_utv) May 25, 2014The SDLP has 66 seats, with 13.6% of first preference votes across Northern Ireland.The TUV performed particularly well in Mid and East Antrim, returning five councillors, and also taking a first ever seat in Belfast.The Green Party has returned four councillors across Northern Ireland, while the PUP performed well in Belfast with three representatives.UKIP returned three councillors, including topping The Mournes ward, while NI21 took a single seat in Lisburn North.Across Northern Ireland, 462 councillors have been elected and will sit in shadow for a year.Votes have also been cast in the European election, on Thursday in Northern Ireland and on Friday in the Republic of Ireland, but the results will not be revealed until all 28 countries have voted and a central count is completed on Monday.For Android and iOS app users please click here.

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