Spatial schema of MLAs across Northern Irelande

Sammy has a crude schema showing the distribution of MLA’s by party across Northern Ireland… It clearly shows the Belfast centric nature of the Alliance and a large splurge of Sinn Fein ‘green’ in Belfast… The distribution shows spatial distribution of their heartlands… Sammy notes, by email, how in Derry the SDLP reps are spread out “in the Culmore Road, Northland Road and Waterside, with Shinners in the Bog/Creggan and Shantallow/Galliagh. In Belfast SF votes not in the West concentrate in the Centre of town”. The DUP’s ‘orange’ is often conjoined, partly because there are just so many of them…

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