The unionist vote came through strongly this weekend in the new Antrim and Newtownabbey supercouncil, with even more seats than before going to pro-UK candidates.
However as well as success from the mainstream parties the TUV is beginning to grow in size, snapping up two out of four possible seats.
William McCrea, the DUP MP who was watching the count unfold, said that there are “anxieties out there we have got to listen to”.
But he also made a call for unionist solidarity, saying that while he would not want any party to go away or to lose its identity, there is a desire among the public for a “united voice”.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin said that – in spite of losing seats – he expects to see nationalist growth in the area in years ahead due to demographic changes.