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General Election 2017

It’s all over in West Tyrone

Sinn Fein's Declan McAleer entering the count room ahead of his official election.

Sinn Fein’s Declan McAleer entering the count room ahead of his official election.

THE identity of West Tyrone’s five MLAs has been confirmed following the election of Sinn Fein’s Declan McAleer.

Mr McAleer was last over the finish line following the election of the SDLP’s Daniel McCrossan, Sinn Fein members Barry McElduff and Michaela Boyle and Tom Buchanan of the DUP. He topped the poll with 9,064 first preference votes.

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One of the biggest shocks of the night came at the Omagh count centre when Maurice Morrow of the DUP lost his seat to Sinn Fein’s Sean Lynch in the Fermanagh South Tyrone constituency.

As Arlene Foster was leaving the count centre, Mr Lynch used his post-election speech to utter the line made famous by Gerry Adams: “See you later alligator”.

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