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Mid Ulster MLAs still at loggerheads on RHI scandal

Sinn Fein’s Linda Dillon elected to Mid-Ulster, at the Ballymena count.

Mid Ulster MLA Linda Dillon has reiterated that Sinn Fein will not go back into government unless DUP leader Arlene Foster steps aside until the RHI inquiry is completed.

However Keith Buchanan of the DUP has stated his party will not be “dictated to” regarding who they choose as leader.

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The Assembly election was called because of controversy surrounding the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal that is set to cost the public purse almost £500 million. 

Northern Ireland’s former first minister, Arlene Foster, headed up the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (Deti) when the RHI scheme was designed.

Mrs Dillon was speaking to the UlsterHerald after being elected along with party colleague Ian Milne making up a trio of Sinn Fein MLAs as Michelle O’Neill went in on the first count.

It was Mrs O’Neill’s transfers took Mrs Dillon and Mr Milne over the line.

Mr Buchanan of the DUP was also elected on the first count. 

The constituency has been reduced from six to five seats with Mr Buchanan gaining considerably as the DUP did not split their vote this time.

With one seat to be filled at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena it is looking increasingly likely the big looser will be the UUP.

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Patsy McGlone of the SDLP looks set to claim the fifth seat with former MLA Sandra Overend about to lose her place in the Assembly.

 

 

 

 

 

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