Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Northern Ireland casts votes in fractious snap election

Northern Ireland casts votes in fractious snap election

"I can not go into government with Arlene Foster, in the position of first or deputy first minister, whilst there is a cloud hanging over her", the SF leader said.

The election was sparked after Sinn Fein refused to share power with their counterparts in the Democratic Unionist Party, causing Stormont to collapse after a decade of functioning devolution.

Long-simmering tensions between the two parties boiled over after Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein's deputy first minister, quit his post in protest over a botched green energy subsidy scheme instigated by Arlene Foster, DUP's first minister, when she was economy minister.

Turnout figures from Thursday's polls showed the election got voters motivated.

Speaking to The Independent following the result, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said he hoped the DUP had now "learnt their lesson" that power-sharing in Northern Ireland is not guaranteed but relies on Sinn Fein cooperation.

The former DUP leader said that the parties needed to be careful not to adopt positions that would make an agreement impossible after today's snap assembly poll.

The final results are expected to be confirmed tomorrow afternoon.

With 32 out of 90 seats filled - Sinn Fein had 15, the DUP nine, four went to the cross-community Alliance Party and other groups took four.

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It looks like turnout was up on last May's vote, according to the BBC.

Sinn Fein won 46.7% of Mid Ulster's 2016 vote, with the DUP in second place on 18.1%.

During a televised debate on Tuesday, Michelle O'Neill, who replaced Mr McGuinness as the head of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland said the DUP's pro-Brexit view was "absolutely disgusting".

While the Assembly election will not change how Theresa May's Government treats talks to leave the European Union, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is a key Brexit issue.

Euronews spoke to James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland about the potential consequences of a United Kingdom exit for relations between Northern Ireland and its southern neighbour, Ireland.

The Renewable Heat Incentive, known locally as the "cash for ash" scandal, was a renewable energy scheme created to encourage businesses to use environmentally friendly heat sources.

London, Dublin and Brussels have all insisted they want to keep free movement across the Irish border - an arrangement dating from its creation in the 1920s.

"Almost inevitably, the assembly will be suspended and Northern Ireland will be back to direct rule", he said.

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