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Sinn Fein take 18 of the 40 seats on new Mid-Ulster Council

A thumbs up from Sinn Fein's Gavin Bell, John McNamee and Cathal Mallaghan Cookstown DEA elected members.

A thumbs up from Sinn Fein's Gavin Bell, John McNamee and Cathal Mallaghan Cookstown DEA elected members.

 

As expected Sinn Fein emerged as the largest party on the new Mid-Ulster super council securing 18 of the 40 seats up for grabs.

The party had hoped for more but were denied in Dungannon.

The DUP got eight seats, the UUP seven and the SDLP six.

It was a bad election for Independent candidates with Councillor Monteith taking the only seat.

Mid-Ulster, incorporating Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt Council areas, had a total turnout of 56,068 (electorate 95,249) or 58.91 per cent.

Carntogher DEA was the last to declare late on Friday night with the Sinn Fein’s Sean McPeake topping the poll with 1247 votes.

Sinn Fein took three of the five seats available and James Shiels of the DUP took the other after the elimination of former UUP Councillor Jackie Crawford.

Full coverage of the council results in this week’s Mid-Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times.

 

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