SF No.1 in belfast
Excellent to see that Sinn Féin are once more the most popular political party in Belfast. Sinn Féin have been returned with an excellent 32.8% of the vote in Belfast City Council (I am assuming these figures are inclusive of the entire city council area). BBC represent this as meaning a 1.4% rise in the SF vote, however Nicolas Whyte's website says that SF polled only 28.4% in Belfast City Council in 2001, which would make the 32.8% a remarkable result. The DUP are trailing SF in the city with only 25% of the vote. I sincerely hope that this excellent Republican vote can transfer itself into more Repeblican seats and that the air of secterianism and exclusion which is still too apparent in City Hall can be cast away forever.