NI Election Results: As It Happened

Published Saturday, 24 May 2014
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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.

The 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.

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Vote 14: Day Two
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Done and done!

One final look at how things stand now all the results are in, before we head off to probably dream of ballot papers and recounts and all things election related ...

Goodnight!

Done and done! (©UTV)
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And that's a wrap!

Northern Ireland, you're all done - 462 councillors have been elected to 11 new super councils. And after all that, they'll sit in shadow for a year.

Well, we could do with a lie down in a darkened room too ...

Just think, they haven't even started counting the European election votes yet!

And that
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Belfast: count complete

All 60 required councillors have been returned - with the last four seats in Ormiston ward going to Ross Brown of the Green Party, Tom Haire and John Hussey of the DUP, and the UUP's Peter Johnston.

Across Belfast, Sinn Féin take 19 seats, the DUP 13, Alliance 8, SDLP 7, UUP 7, PUP 3, TUV 1, Green Party 1 and PBP 1.

Check out all your new councillors here.

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It took a while, but ...

... we got there in the end!

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To keep you entertained ...

Some random facts about Ormiston!

There are 24,831 people who are eligible to vote in that area, which is made up of Belmont, Garnerville, Gilnahirk, Knock, Sandown, Shandon and Stormont.

Of those eligible people, 13,192 actually voted - but 118 of those votes were invalid for one reason or another.

We need seven councillors elected - we have three, so we need four more. (That seems like such simple maths, but it's been a very long day ...)

The electoral quota was 1,635 - the UUP's Jim Rodgers, who topped the poll, was the only person to reach the quota.

And now we keep waiting ...

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Ormiston hold-up

So, there's a bit of a complication with the count, but you may have guessed that by now! We'll live in hope that it gets resolved tonight, so we can wrap this whole thing up ...

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Election trivia time!

So, the person with the most first preference votes in all of Northern Ireland is ...

Sinn Féin's Gareth Keating who topped the poll in the Armagh ward of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon super council with 2,298 first preference votes.

The person with the least first preference votes is Independent candidate Willie Faulkner who was eliminated from the Court ward of Belfast super council with 18.

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We heard it'd be over by midnight ...

Hello, Ormiston? Anyone still there?

They better not have gone home without telling us ...

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All eyes on Ormiston

In that final lonely Belfast ward, the UUP's Jim Rodgers was the first person to be elected (what feels like a small lifetime ago).

Also returned are Alliance's Mervyn Jones and Laura McNamee.

There are just four seats still up for grabs ...

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And Belfast keeps us up late again ...

In their defence, they're electing 60 councillors - more than any other super council. Does that make it a super-duper council?

Four councillors still to be elected in Ormiston ward, where we reckon a few people really will be on edge ...

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Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon: count complete

All over in ABC-land, with all 41 required councillors elected.

The DUP take 13 seats, the UUP 12, Sinn Féin 8, the SDLP 6, UKIP 1 and 1 Independent.

Check out your new councillors here.

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Easy as ABC ...

Edge-of-the-seat stuff now - mostly because we're slipping out of our chairs with sleep deprivation ...

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Who we're still waiting on ...

All we need now are three councillors to be elected in the Lurgan ward of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon and four in Ormiston ward of Belfast.

We hear the Lurgan result may be just around the corner ...

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Newry, Mourne and Down: count complete

Come in, Newry, Mourne and Down, your time is up - all 41 required councillors, finally, elected. And after all that last minute hoo-ha!

Sinn Féin take 14 seats, the SDLP 14, the DUP 4, the UUP 3, Alliance 2, UKIP 1 and 3 Independents.

Check out your new councillors here.

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Wait for it ...

...

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Drama in Newry, Mourne and Down!

Well, we're hearing there's a major dispute in Crotlieve ward, where we're waiting for just one person to be elected.

The Electoral Officer is now involved and the count may have to be suspended until Monday! We'll keep you posted ...

(Guess they were feeling left out when the football got dramatic and Diego threw a strop!)

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Eight councillors ...

That's all we need. Eight councillors. You can do this, counters!

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No really, he's not elected!
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Well, the football just got more exciting!

No more movement in the ol' election counts though ...

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When no news is not good news ...
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Oldpark ward done!
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Who are we waiting on, you ask?

Well, over in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon super council, the only ward left to be completed is Lurgan.

Just two councillors have been returned so far - the DUP's Carla Lockhart and the SDLP's Joe Nelson.

And in Newry, Mourne and Down, we're waiting on just one seat being filled in the Crotlieve ward.

In Belfast, it looks like the last Oldpark seat may be about to go, but only one person has been elected in Ormiston - the UUP's Jim Rodgers.


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Latest from Belfast
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PUP take another Belfast seat
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Three counts still going ...

Less than 20 seats still to be taken.

Meanwhile, the Champions League final is also in full swing - for those of you missing Britain's Got Talent, it's on UTV tomorrow night at 7pm! Look at us, being all helpful ... :)

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Former SF mayor elected in Belfast
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Latest from Belfast
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North Down and Ards: count complete

We're edging closer to the end, with counting all done in North Down and Ards and all 40 required councillors elected.

The DUP take 17 seats, the UUP 9, Alliance 7, the Green Party 3, the SDLP 1, the TUV 1 and 2 Independents.

Find out who your new councillors are here.

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Derry and Strabane: count complete

We're getting there! Another count all done in Derry and Strabane, with the required 40 councillors all elected.

Sinn Féin take 16 seats, the SDLP 10, the DUP 8, the UUP 2, and 4 Independents.

Check out your new councillors here.

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Mid and East Antrim: count complete

All done and dusted at the Mid and East Antrim count, with all 40 required councillors elected.

The DUP has taken 16 seats, the UUP 9, TUV 5, Sinn Féin 3, Alliance 3, the SDLP 1, UKIP 1 and 1 Independent.

Find out who your new councillors are here.

 

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Double trouble
Double trouble

Two councillors - each named Andrew Wilson - give Sharon O'Neill some difficulty during their interview.

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NI21 councillor elected
NI21 councillor elected

NI21 councillor Johnny McCarthy talks to UTV about the difficulties he has experienced after the party was thrown into turmoil on the eve of the election.

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Causeway Coast and Glens: count complete

All done at dusted for Causeway Coast and Glens, with the required 40 councillors elected.

The DUP take 11 seats, the UUP 10, Sinn Féin 7, the SDLP 6, TUV 3, Alliance 1, PUP 1 and 1 Independent.

Find out who your new councillors are here.

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A dreaded recount in Belfast!
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Derry and Strabane latest
Derry and Strabane latest

Mark McFadden reports on the latest from Derry and Strabane where dissident republican Gary Donnelly romps to victory in The Moor area.

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North Down and Ards latest

Yvette Shapiro reports on the latest from Bangor with a number of councillors who jumped ship over the past five years failing to win a seat on the new council.

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PUP take another Belfast seat
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Latest from Ballymena
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Latest from Belfast

If we'd been told this first thing this morning, there might have been tears. As it is, it's an improvment on midnight!

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Two councillors - one name!

Well, that won't get confusing at all ...

 

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The telly people may be off air, but ...

... we'll be here until the end. The very end. Whenever that may be.

Let's all close our eyes, think happy thoughts and see if that speeds things up ... :)

Still 54 councillors to be elected, joining the 408 already returned.

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SDLP v Sinn Féin

Studio debate getting heated again, with SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell and Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey not so much agreeing to disagree as plain old disagreeing!

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Latest from Causeway Coast and Glens
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North Down and Ards latest
North Down and Ards latest

Yvette Shapiro reports on the latest from Bangor with a number of councillors who jumped ship over the past five years failing to win a seat on the new council.

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Could the Belfast count take until midnight?

According to our Tracey Magee, the count that kept us up until well after 3am may well run into the early hours again.

This displeases us. :/

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Latest from Newry, Mourne and Down
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Are the DUP and UUP talking?

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt asks the DUP's Ian Paisley Jr to "name names" if he's so sure there have been behind-the-scenes discussions already.

Mr Paisley says it wouldn't be fair as a UUP advisor went to them "in good faith".

Make of that what you will ...

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Latest from Ballymena
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Crisis looms for the footy fans
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Fermanagh and Omagh: count complete

Fermanagh and Omagh all done, with 40 required councillors elected.

Sinn Féin take 17 seats, the UUP 9, the SDLP 8, the DUP 5 and 1 Independent.

Find out who your new councillors are here.

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Latest from Derry and Strabane
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TV team back on air

More overviews and analysis from the usual suspects, but you can also keep following us here as the final results keep flooding in!

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Basil McCrea congratulates NI21 councillor
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Girl power!
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Lisburn and Castlereagh: count complete

The third count to finish is Lisburn and Castlereagh with all 40 required councillors now elected.

The DUP has 20 seats, the UUP 8, Alliance 7, the SDLP 2, the TUV 1 and NI21 1.

Check out your new councillors here.

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NI21 take first seat

NI21 candidate Johnny McCarthy has been elected in the Lisburn North ward of Lisburn and Castlereagh super council.

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Justice Minister photo bomb
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DUP vote in decline?

Looks like the DUP has lost just over 4% of its first preference vote - while the UUP has gained just under 1%, a lot of votes have been going to 'Others' like the TUV, PUP, Independents, etc.

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Councils may have created 'one-sided' politics
Interview: Declan O’Loan

SDLP councillor, Declan O'Loan, who won a seat in Mid and East Antrim Council, says the make-up of the new authorities always favoured the two main parties and fears they may have created "one-sided politics".

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Fermanagh DUP performance

Despite losing a council seat, DUP MLA and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster says she is delighted with their candidates' performance in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council election.

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Latest from Ballymena
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Catch up with TV soon!
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First preference votes all in ...

... and Sinn Féin take the majority over the DUP.

First preference votes all in ... (©UTV)
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Latest from Newry, Mourne and Down
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Independent republican tops The Moor ward

Gary John Donnelly has been elected first in The Moor ward of Derry and Strabane super council.

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As it stands ...

Almost done with the first preference votes across the board.

As it stands ... (©UTV)
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Fermanagh DUP performance
Interview: Arlene Foster

Despite losing a council seat, DUP MLA and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster says she is delighted with their candidates' performance in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council election.

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Causeway Coast and Glens latest

All first preference votes in and the DUP take the majority share.

Meanwhile, the TUV's Boyd Douglas is elected in Benbradagh ward, where Sinn Féin's Sean McGlinchey was first to be returned.

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Dismissing rumours
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TV gearing up for another update
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Gerry Adams 'pleased' with election results
Interview: Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams, after being mobbed by supporters as he arrived at Belfast City Hall, tells UTV he is "pleased" with the ongoing election counts.

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As it stands ...

Just 100 councillors still to be elected across Northern Ireland. Just.

As it stands ... (©UTV)
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Live blog fuel
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Latest from Causeway Coast and Glens
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Uncertainty for former Belfast Lord Mayor
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Latest from Ballymena
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Mid and East Antrim report
Mid and East Antrim report

Sharon O'Neill with the latest from Ballymena where the SDLP's Declan O'Loan has been elected.

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Lisburn and Castlereagh latest
Lisburn and Castlereagh latest


Vicki Hawthorne reports on the slow progress at the Lisburn count.

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As it stands ...

Current overall share, as it stands.

As it stands ... (©UTV)
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Banbridge update
Banbridge update


Munier Abdalla reports from the Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon count where the UUP are celebrating.

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Telly coverage will return just after 5pm

Stick with us in the meantime - we'll keep you right! :)

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Latest from Fermanagh and Omagh
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Latest from Belfast
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Keeping schtum ...

Assembly speaker Willie Hay of the DUP has been on UTV refusing to discuss rumours he is to step down in coming weeks.

He also didn't want to "talk politics" when it comes to suggestions his party's vote is in decline in Derry and Strabane. #awkward

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Antrim and Newtownabbey: count complete

And a second super council is born, with its 40 councillor sdestined to operate from the shadows for a year before taking on their ful powers in Antrim and Newtownabbey.

The DUP take 15 seats, the UUP 12, the SDLP 4, Alliance 4, Sinn Féin 3 and the TUV 2.

Check out your new councillors here.

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DUP and UUP 'in election talks'
DUP and UUP ‘in election talks’

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has revealed to UTV that his party is in discussions about an electoral pact with the Ulster Unionist Party ahead of next year's general and Assembly elections.

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Race to the finish ...
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Latest from Ballymena
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North Down and Ards


Yvette Shapiro reports on the goings on in Co Down.

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Belfast turnout
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Our Mark and that chicken curry ...
Mark

In case you missed it a little earlier, here's our poor Mark McFadden explaining why he might be jinxed when it comes to elections. Well worth a little watch!

We're laughing with you, Mark - honest ...

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Sinn Féin majority on Belfast council

Sinn Féin take the first preference majority on the new Belfast super council.

Sinn Féin majority on Belfast council (©UTV)
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Ooh, bit of a ding-dong on the telly ...

Things are heating up in the studio, with UKIP's David McNarry and Alliance's Dr Stephen Farry at loggerheads.

According to Mr McNarry, Alliance just "doesn't fit" and unionism could unite to oust them from east Belfast.

Dr Farry rejected that, saying everyone "has their place".

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Sinn Féin v SDLP in Derry and Strabane
Interview: Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin will make history with its performance in Derry and Strabane, according to deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

He says the party is now on course to become the area's largest for the first time.

Mr McGuinness told UTV: "It's a little bit of republican history in the city."

But SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said it was only to be expected as a result of boundary changes.

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North Down and Ards
North Down and Ards


Yvette Shapiro reports on the goings on in Co Down.

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Over to Newry, Mourne and Down ...

More than halfway done, with the wards of Downpatrick, Rowallane, Slieve Gullion and The Mournes completed.

In Slieve Croob, Sinn Féin's Stephen Burns is first elected, while three of his party colleagues are elected in Newry - Charlie Casey (who topped the poll), Liz Kimmins and Valerie Harte.

Catch the latest here.

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Causeway latest
Causeway latest


Natasha Millar reports on the latest from Coleraine.

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Latest from Belfast ...

And ...

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Newtownabbey count
Newtownabbey count


Paul Reilly reports from Newtownabbey.

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Fermanagh and Omagh count
Fermanagh and Omagh count

Gareth Wilkinson reports from Omagh Leisure Centre on the progress of the count.

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Latest from Ballymena
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Belfast latest

Paul Clark discusses the count at Belfast City Hall with Tracey Magee.

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Another family connection
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Security in a flap ...

Strict security at the Templemore Leisure Centre for the Derry and Strabane count, according to our Mark McFadden.

Apparently the security scanner was "brought to it's knees by a chicken curry ..."

Last time there was an election, they had to take a hairdryer to the ballot papers in Derry. Mark McFadden was there too. Now, we're not suggesting he's a jinx, but ...

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Belfast latest
Belfast latest

Paul Clark discusses the count at Belfast City Hall with Tracey Magee.

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Lisburn and Castlereagh update
Lisburn and Castlereagh update

Vicki Hawthorne reports from the count at Lisburn and Castlereagh.

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Latest from Causeway Coast and Glens
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DUP hit back at TUV in Bannside
Interview: Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson of the DUP has responded to the TUV's results in Bannside, where Jim Allister's party topped the poll.

Mr Wilson said: "When you've got someone who has the luxury of being in opposition, of not having to take responsibility for the hard decisions that have to be made, then of course you're going to get that kind of populist opportunity."

Hear more in our video interview.

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Over to Mid and East Antrim ...

And we're halfway done there too, with the Bannside, Carrick Castle, and Coast Road wards filled.

In Ballymena ward, Independent candidate James Henry has topped the poll and the DUP's Gregg McKeen is first elected in the Larne Lough ward.

In Knockagh ward, the UUP's Andrew Wilson is first elected, with Lindsay Millar of the UUP, Alliance's Paul Sinclair and the DUP's Lynn McClurg all also returned.

Catch the latest here.

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The online story
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Lisburn and Castlereagh update
Lisburn and Castlereagh update

Vicki Hawthorne reports from the count at Lisburn and Castlereagh.

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Latest from Fermanagh and Omagh
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Latest from Newry, Mourne and Down
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Over to Lisburn and Castlereagh ...

And we're more than halfway there, with the wards of Castlereagh East, Downshire East, Downshire West and Killultagh completed.

In Lisburn South, the UUP's Tim Mitchell is first elected. And in Castlereagh South, Allaince's Geraldine Rice is first to be returned.

Get the latest here.

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Newry, Mourne and Down update
Newry Mourne and Down

Judith Hill reports from the Newry, Mourne and Down council where the nationalist parties are involved in a battle for power and a student - who handed in his dissertation on Friday - wins a seat.

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ABC update
ABC update

Munier Abdalla Munier reports from the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon count, where independent and former DUP councillor Paul Berry has won a seat.

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Jim Allister happy with Bannside vote
Interview: Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister has hailed the party's results in Bannside - the area which gave Ian Paisley his peerage title - as "phenomenal".


Hear what he had to say in our video interview.

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Over to Derry and Strabane ...

And we're halfway through the count, with the wards of Ballyarnett, Foyleside, and Waterside done.

In Sperrin ward, the DUP's Allan Bresland is first elected, while in Derg, the UUP's Derek Hussey is first returned and the DUP's Thomas Kerrigan is also elected.

Check out the latest here.

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ABC update
ABC update

Munier Abdalla reports from the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon count, where independent and former DUP councillor Paul Berry has won a seat.

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But of course!
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Obligatory selfie!
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Overall vote share

As it stands, the current vote share.

Overall vote share (©UTV)
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Busy bees!

Jude and cameraman Tommy are still smiling at least at the Newry, Mourne and Down count.

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We're on the telly!

But don't forget, you can still follow along with us right here too! :)

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As it stands ...

The first preference majority as the moment.

As it stands ... (©UTV)
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In Antrim and Newtownabbey ...

We're past the halfway point, with the wards of Airport, Antrim, Macedon and Three Mile Water done and dusted.

In Ballyclare ward, the DUP's Mandy Girvan is first elected. In Dunsilly, the UUP's Roderick Swann is first returned. And in Glengormley Urban, the UUP's Mark Cosgrove is first elected.

Check out the latest here.

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Latest from Belfast
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More family snaps in Newry, Mourne and Down
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Family celebrations in Causeway Coast and Glens
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Over to North Down and Ards

And we're more than halfway through there too, with the wards of Ards Peninsula, Comber and Holywood and Clandeboye completed.

In Bangor Central, the DUP's Wesley Graham Irvine was first elected. Also returned are the UUP's Ian John Cyril Henry, the Green Party's Noelle Anne Robinson and Alliance's Stuart David Anderson.

In Bangor East and Donaghadee, Independent Albert Alan Chambers is first elected with the UUP's Mark Ronald Brooks also returned.

And in the Newtownards ward, first elected is Independent candidate James Menagh, with the DUP's Naomi Esther Hannah Armstrong also returned.

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Latest from Newry, Mourne and Down
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11:59
Nearly telly time!
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Did someone say coffee?

Mine's white, two sugars, if you're asking ...

 

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Latest from Belfast
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Mid and East Antrim update
Mid and East Antrim update


Sharon O'Neill reports from the Mid and East Antrim count centre, where it is looking unlikely the DUP will win a majority, while the TUV is performing well.

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In Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon ...

We're just past the halfway point as well, with the wards of Craigavon, Cusher, Lagan River and Portadown all completed.

In Armagh ward, Sinn Féin's Gareth Keating is first elected, followed by the SDLP's Thomas O'Hanlon.

Get the latest here.

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Over to Fermanagh and Omagh

And the counters got about halfway yesterday, with the wards of Erne North, Erne West, Mid Tyrone and West Tyrone all completed.

Meanwhile, Erne East is underway with the UUP's Victor Warrington first elected, followed by the DUP's Paul Robinson.

Check out how the results stand here.

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Latest from Belfast

Meanwhile ...

And in Titanic ward, the UUP's Sonia Copeland has topped the poll.

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11:33
Breakfast of champions!
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11:32
TUV celebrating that first Belfast seat
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11:32
Familiar faces
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11:30
In the Causeway Coast and Glens ...

They got halfway through the count yesterday and have resumed today.

The wards of Ballymoney, Causeway and Coleraine are done and dusted.

Bann ward is underway with the UUP's Willian King topping the poll there, and Limavady ward has also started with the DUP's Alan Robinson first to be elected.

Have a little look here.

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11:23
Ballymena undertaker tops poll
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11:18
Over to Belfast

And they kept us up late there last night/very early this morning, but we won't hold it against them - result are continuing to come in now, with Court ward just completed.

The TUV have taken their first seat, with Jolene Bunting elected to the ward which was topped by the PUP's Billy Hutchinson.

Have a little look here to see how things are shaping, with Balmoral, Black Mountain, Castle and Lisnasharragh wards also completed.

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11:15
Let's see where we're at ...

Mid Ulster were well ahead of the game, electing all their required 40 councillors last night.

Sinn Féin hold the majority with 18 seats.

Find our who your new councillors are here.

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11:07
Gearing up to make some telly ...

While the live online coverage will just keep going now until the counts are done and all 462 councillors are elected, TV are preparing for a three-hour election special and will be on air from 12.20pm.

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10:45
Latest from Causeway Coast and Glens
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10:43
Latest from Newry, Mourne and Down
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10:32
Welcome back!

After our mammoth live blog yesterday, going on until well into this morning, we're back for another look at all the latest results and analysis from the count centres.

Meanwhile, our results team are already in action and you can check out this morning's developments here.

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35 Comments
Alan in Belfast wrote (147 days ago):
Unionism needs to realize that they have now no option but to work, constructively with their neighbours SF, SDLP, FF and FG. The heads in the sand attitude is not going to fly anymore. It is on a collision course to oblivion if it fails to realize that a Unified Ireland is coming and that there is no way on Gods blue planet to stop that, however with co operation they may be able to get the best deal for their electorate. Does unionism really think that the 4 SF MEPs are not going to be pushing an All Ireland agenda? Which is every EU bean counters dream, given how much money is wasted administering an irrelevant border? The EU will be pushing an All Ireland agenda, and if Scotland has her way, does unionism really think the English will be bothered with those troublesome Paddies in Ireland? Id say not, consolidation will without doubt be Englands priority. Unionisms "greatest day" at the polls to me as a proud republican, couldnt have been better for Irish Unity.
Gymp in Belfast wrote (148 days ago):
Your you're and ecucated !!! Beware of mistakes from disillusionec
gerryT in Downpatrick wrote (148 days ago):
Cd in Carryduff.Where were you 'ecucated?'Practice what you preach mate.
jerry in Co down wrote (148 days ago):
sinn fein only got highest percent because sdlp are so bad.
Lucy in Canada wrote (149 days ago):
Mark in Belfast just summed it up for me. The problem is that ALL our politicians on both sides do not want to resolve their issues because they woild be out of a job and this gravy train they are all on would have to stop. It still amazes me that they can agree on all expenses trips to various parts of the globe but when they get home they will not talk to each other. The fact they have not come to a decision on welfare reforms yet is scandalous, meanwhile we are getting fined millions and they continue to moan about irrelevant issues all day long!! Lets think about cuts to our healthcare budget that is there for everyone!!! I am so sick of all these guys!! David Ford seems to be the only guy on the hill with any sense!! God help him with that bunch!!
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