Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard has described the outcome of Thursday’s election as “seismic” as political parties, commentators, and the local electorate reflect on a genuine “watershed moment for South Down.”
With Sinead Ennis topping the poll and Chris Hazzard also elected on the first count, Sinn Féin polled more than 19,000 votes cementing its position as the leading political party in South Down.
Chris Hazzard said:
“This was a vote for respect; a vote for integrity; and a vote for equality. It was also a vote against Brexit.
“The Good Friday Agreement provided a framework to protect all communities; Brexit and the arrogance of the DUP in recent times has seriously undermined these protections so it is no surprise that the South Down electorate came out to vote in numbers not seen since 1998.
Mr Hazzard added:
“On a broader level as a result of this election we now awake to an entirely altered political reality; unionism is no longer a majority in Stormont for the first time in the history of the northern state.
“Sinn Féin will now use our mandate wisely to put equality, respect, and integrity at the heart of the political institutions. There will be no return to the status-quo!”