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Substantial left vote in Northern Ireland

Issue No. 2042

The elections last week to the Northern Ireland Assembly, produced gains for the anti-Catholic Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Republican Sinn Fein party.

While bigot Ian Paisley of the DUP says he is not yet willing to form an administration alongside Sinn Fein, the most likely result is that the two parties will enter into devolved government.

If they do agree, the DUP will be the biggest player in the 12-member administration.

Socialists Eamonn McCann in Derry and Sean Mitchell in Belfast stood to provide an alternative to communal division and neoliberalism.

Eamonn McCann received a substantial vote in the Foyle constituency, getting 5 percent of first preferences with 2,045 votes, while 19 year old student Sean Mitchell got 2.3 percent with 774 votes.

Sean said, “It is a reflection of the support that we had on the doorsteps. When you are talking about water charges, poor housing and poverty, there are no lines on the map that cannot be crossed.

“There are no ‘no go’ areas for these issues.”

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Sat 17 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2042
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