Election results Newry, Mourne and Down: SDLP match Sinn Fein with 14 seats

The election count in Newry

The election count in Newry

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Newry, Mourne and Down will be the only authority where unionists failed to qualify for a minority veto on decisions – by only a handful of votes.

However, although Sinn Fein had been tipped to end up as the largest party – aiming for 18 seats – a late surge by the SDLP created a tie with 14 apiece, leaving two Alliance and three independents potentially holding the balance of nationalist power.

Unionists took eight seats, with nine needed to qualify for a veto. They lost critical ground with Slieve Croob UUP councillor Desmond Patterson and party colleague Walter Lyons in Rowallane both losing their seats by very narrow margins.

 

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