One disillusioned SDLP activist admitted it had been Sinn Féin's
day: ``You could see that they are the people's party. If only we
could mobilise such boisterous support.''
Irish News, 3 May.
People like McGuinness are no pushover. They are not motivated by
the desire for fame, fortune or political recognition. They are a
lot more resolute, more capable of keeping their eyes on the big
picture and a lot less corruptible than most constitutional
The Sunday Times gives rare praise to Martin McGuinness, Sunday 4
[Sinn Féin] know how to win elections and they know how to
celebrate when they win elections.
Barry Cowan on the scenes in Belfast City Hall after Gerry
Adams's victory, Friday, 2 May.
The voters have put their faith in Gerry Adams and Martin
McGuinness's commitment to furthering the peace process.
Irish News editorial, Saturday 3 May.
abberation... A blank cheque for the IRA and their activities.
Seamus Mallon, 2 May.
The historic victories by the republican leadership in Mid-Ulster
and West Belfast have dramatically changed Northern Ireland's
political map... The onward march of Sinn Féin marks a historic
turning point in the battle for hearts and minds within
William Graham, political correspondent, Irish News 3 May.
I just can't believe it - I'm in the City Hall, in the Sinn Féin
office, sitting under a Tricolour. The biggest thrill of all was
to see the photograph of Pat Beag [McGeown] over the mantlepiece.
He would have been a very happy man today because he was one of
our best workers.
Joe Cahill, 2 May.
What we require of the new British government is a real and
determined attempt to rebuild a new peace process in this
country. This is the most urgent task facing the new British
Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Martin McGuinness MP, 2 May.
With flags and slogans City Hall was like a revolutionary
Déaglán De Bréadún, Irish Times 3 May.
I've still got my thriving church and my gospel singing.
Willie McCrea, 2 May.
Sinn Féin has achieved its best election result for 40 years.
Daily Telegraph, 3 May.