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No surprises in Mid Ulster as Molloy wins; turnout dips down from 91.5% in 1969 by-election to just 55.7%

Fri 8 March 2013, 1:28am

Tweet Some quick figures from tonight’s Mid Ulster Westminster by-election result. I’m sure Gerry will post something over the next few days that will look at the figures in more detail and give some anecdotal evidence of the spread of turnout (using the tally samples) across the constituency. Eric Bullick (Alliance) 487 (1.3%) Nigel Lutton […] more »

#MU13 “Mid-Ulster is a constituency with more than its fair share of problems.”

Thu 7 March 2013, 11:47am

Tweet Nice piece by Peter Geoghegan, who’s been doing some digging in Mid Ulster, and what a functional political argument might have raised for the voters: The Irish housing boom was not confined to the southern side of the border, and the collapse in construction has hit Mid-Ulster hard. Between 2007 and 2008, joblessness in […] more »

Making plans for Mid-Ulster, never mind plans for Nigel

Mon 4 March 2013, 1:00pm
from BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-21462044

Tweet With a handful of potential candidates already rejected, Nigel Lutton’s name came very late to the unionist party leaders and constituency associations. While known to individuals in both the DUP and UUP, he wasn’t a high profile figure with a front-line political future in front of him. Martin McGuinness indicated that he would be […] more »

Nesbitt concedes unity in a seat that no unionist can realistically win?

Wed 30 January 2013, 9:42am

Tweet So, according to the News Letter, Mike Nesbitt didn’t ask his constituency party in Mid Ulster whether they wanted a Unionist unity candidate, or not. He may not have done much of the longer term math either, or calculated that the principle he’s ceding here is that his party no longer has any designs […] more »

SDLP chooses Patsy McGlone to contest Mid Ulster…

Fri 25 January 2013, 3:23pm

Tweet This is worth noting since it’s a smart choice. And the SDLP have not been known for those in recent years. McGlone has a sound rural base of voters, and a decent local machine. You can almost certainly rule out a win against SF veteran Francie Molloy. In the last Assembly elections Sinn Fein’s […] more »

McGuinness follows Adams to become Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead

Sun 30 December 2012, 11:34pm
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Tweet Updated with a photo of the letter. Six a half months after announcing that he would resign as MP for Mid-Ulster to concentrate on being deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness today finally announced that he’d sent his letter to the Commons to kick of the process. Back in January 2011, Gerry Adams was disqualified […] more »

SF’s Deputy Speaker to run for Mid Ulster Westminster seat

Thu 13 December 2012, 9:19am

Tweet So, the man who could never got the chance. I never really understood why Francie didn’t get the senior position in Stormont, but it looks like he’s off to Westminster next, as he has just been chosen (the only candidate to stand, according to Fitzy). He’s running against Patsy McGlone and Ian McCrea, but […] more »

Bigotry and NI’s regressive game of tit and tit for tat…

Mon 4 July 2011, 8:49am

Tweet Broadsheet.ie has the pair. Ian McCrea’s fervent wish that his own county GAA would get beaten by the Republic’s Donegal side, so that celebrations would be kept out of his Mid Ulster constituency, and his father’s this fake Twitter account report of an attack on Ian’s car in ‘reprisal’ for Mr McCrea (junior)’s remarks. […] more »

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