All that talk of real issues and manifestos and finally an issue based party is now just 44 votes away from breaking Northern Ireland’s highly problematic glass ceiling. It looks certain that Brian Wilson will be Northern Ireland’s first Green MLA in North Down. Just two elected so far, with Alliance taking the second seat. The DUP’s Peter Weir should come home shortly. Sitting UUP MLA Alan McFarland will likely have a tough fight on his hands with Alan Graham of the DUP.
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