Sinn Féin may be on the verge of a historic election victory in Northern Ireland.

If she wins the Assembly election on Thursday, the Irish Nationalist Party will win the pro-British one in Stormont for the first time.

З Brexit leading to the sea boundary between Northern Ireland and the UK, the DUP vote is under pressure.

But this is not the only issue of concern at union centers such as Shankil Road in Belfast.

« [Northern Ireland] The protocol is big, make no mistake, but here is the biggest question, – one person told us.

The elderly woman said: “I think the number one factor is a vital issue, electricity and gas.”

The younger man said he had no plans to vote, adding, “What are they doing for my community? They do nothing (sic) for my community.

“They only come in when they are looking for votes.”

On the parallel Falls Road, a stronghold of Irish nationalists, they are confident that Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin will be the first minister.

But the Unionists could boycott the government in Stormont, which shares power, rather than allow it.

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Irish nationalists confident Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin will be prime minister

“She left us here in dark places”

Father Martin Megill, a Catholic priest, said Northern Ireland could not afford a political vacuum.

His reproach to politicians caused applause and applause at the funeral of journalist Leary McKee in 2019.

He said: “I have to say my blood cools, I would say it so strongly, with the idea of ​​a dead end.

“She left us here in some very dark places.

“When a stalemate arises … they provide the ground where people like members of organized crime groups will thrive.”

In the last election to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the DUP won 28 seats and Sinn Fein 27.

There are two other moderate parties – the Ulster Unionists (UUP) and the nationalist Social Democratic and Workers’ Party (SDLP).

And the Alliance, which occupies the middle, is watching its voices grow steadily.

The meeting returned to work after a three-year break
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Voters will elect their members of the Assembly on Thursday

Irish Referendum on Unity

Unionist (pro-British) parties have won every election in Stormont for 100 years, and a victory for Irish nationalists would raise constitutional questions.

Freya McClements, the northern editor of the Irish Times, said: “This is a question of border polls, a referendum on unity, or whether Ireland should be united.

“This is a conversation that has been really firmly on the Brexit agenda, and it is a conversation that is not disappearing.

“You will hear the DUP say very loudly about this that if there is a first minister of Irish nationalists, it brings this poll closer to the border.”

As Brexit boosts nationalist hopes for Irish unity, and the sea border fuels union fears about its place in the UK, this could be a defining election for Northern Ireland.

https://news.sky.com/story/northern-ireland-election-sinn-fein-on-brink-of-historic-victory-as-brexit-and-cost-of-living-dominate-concerns-12604771

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