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
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
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.