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DUP’s determination to stop Sinn Fein becoming the biggest party only galvanised the nationalist vote

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06.05.2022

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson never uttered the “crocodile” word, but the DUP’s determination to stop a Sinn Fein first minister dramatically backfired and galvanised the nationalist vote.

From every count centre there has been fantastic news for Sinn Fein today. It has blown away its rivals, with the SDLP and People Before Profit significantly down.

The DUP’s strident opposition to the prospect of Michelle O’Neill becoming first minister reached a place in the hearts of nationalist voters and made them intent on making it happen.

And so, votes that may not have gone Sinn Fein’s way otherwise were lent to the party to send a message to the DUP.

Northern Ireland Assembly election results - In pictures Close

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2022 - Joanne Bunting - Democratic Unionist Party at the Northern Ireland Assembly Election Count at Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2022 - Joanne Bunting - Democratic Unionist Party at the Northern Ireland Assembly Election Count at Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2022 Counting begins at three count centres for the Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2022. Sinn Feins Nicola Brogan(second from right) gets elected for West Tyrone at the count in Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 6/5/2022: DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson was elected in the first count in the Lagan Valley constituency at the Jordanstown count today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2022 - Sinéad Ennis and Cathy Mason - Sinn Féin at the Northern Ireland Assembly Election Count at Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Naomi Long at Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast (Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye)

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DUP leader, Jeffrey Donaldson at the Northern Ireland Assembly elections count at Jordanstown with........

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