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Sinn Féin trio say work must now start to restore public confidence in Stormont

Sinn Fein have thanked voters for returning three MLAs in Newry and Armagh and said work will now begin to restore public confidence in the institutions at Stormont.

Cathal Boylan, Megan Fearon and Conor Murphy created history by not only being re-elected, but by securing Sinn Féin’s highest poll ever in the constituency – 26,207 first preference votes.

Mr Boylan, speaking this afternoon, commented: “We said that what we win in this election we win for all, so now we have a job of work to do to restore public confidence in the institutions, to deal with the outstanding issues. 

“We don’t need a new agreement – what we need is implementation of what is outstanding from previous agreements. We know we have a task ahead of us now but the Sinn Féin team are up for it.”

His colleague Megan Fearon – speaking of the historic election – added: “We have had a brilliant result here in Newry and Armagh and I want to thank everyone who voted for us. We value and respect your support. Our vote surged 7.4% taking 49% of the vote to ensure that we defied all expectations and kept our three MLAs.”

Conor Murphy echoed his colleagues’ sentiments, and said: “I want to thank all those activists who worked tirelessly to ensure that Sinn Féin’s mandate has been enhanced and strengthened by the electorate here in Newry and Armagh.”

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