Both the UVF and the UDA have issued statements this morning claiming
to have carried out some decommissioning of their weapons.
Dublin city councillor Christy Burke has resigned from Sinn Féin, it
has been confirmed. He will remain on the council as an independent.
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brun’s emphatic re-election today in Belfast
on the first count -- the first time a nationalist party has headed a
Six County election -- has been tempered by the party’s loss of its
sitting MEP in Dublin, Mary Lou McDonald.
In the European elections, the first counts are in and have revealed a
swing to the left.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the election had been a good one
for the party and that key gains have been made.
The Dublin coalition government has suffered a major drop in support in
local and European elections, according to early tallies as well as an
exit poll released today.
Early figures for voter turnout in the North’s European Parliament
election are showing a significant drop in the numbers voting, but with
Sinn Fein’s Bairbre de Brun in a clear lead.