What does Sinn Féin’s win mean for Northern Ireland? – podcast

Last week, the Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin triumphed in the Northern Ireland assembly election. For the first time since the partition of Ireland, they won the majority of seats in Stormont.

As part of the Good Friday Agreement, a power-sharing system was established. For the executive to function, the positions of first minister and deputy first minister must be held by one unionist and one nationalist.

Sinn Féin’s leader, Michelle O’Neill, is poised to become first minister. However, the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has vowed to stall the power-sharing process, unless the UK government responds to its concerns over the Northern Ireland protocol within the Brexit agreement. Senior DUP figures are offering Boris Johnson the choice between “Stormont or the protocol”.

Hannah Moore speaks to the Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, Rory Carroll, about what this result means for the deadlock in Stormont and the future of the union.

Michelle O'Neill at the declaration at the Meadowbank count

Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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