Sinn Fin wins landmark vote in Newtownabbey AN PHOBLACHT/REPUBLICAN NEWS

Republican News · Thursday 8 June 1999

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Sinn Féin wins landmark vote in Newtownabbey

BY CAÍTLIN DOHERTY

The steady rise in the Sinn Féin vote was again rubber-stamped by the Newtonabbey by election in Glengormley. Roisin McGurk, who has a solid track record in community affairs, polled an extreely impressive total of 1,063 votes.

This was the first time Sinn Féin had stood a candidate in the area and the landmark success of the party is a marker for future electoral battles.

The total number of votes cast exceeded the quota, indicating that the party will secure at least a seat during the next council elections, an indication of the growing frustration of nationalists in the area, who have until now had little or no representation.

The turnout for the by-election was higher than for the local government elections. The borough is developing and dramatically expanding, changes that will be reflected at a political level.

McGurk said she was very pleased with the result. ``Local residents and voters have given Sinn Féin a massive vote of support in our political project to bring strong nationalist representation, equality and accountability to the Newtownabbey Borough council,'' she said.


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