Quotes from the count centres
The electorate have given a clear message to the Ulster
Unionist Party. The last five and a half years have not
delivered what they had hoped for. It has been a series of
Lagan Valley UUP MP and new MLA Jeffrey Donaldson, after his
party was overtaken on first preferences by the DUP and Sinn
I have every intention to continue as leader. I know that
there is an important job to be done and I have demonstrated
clearly over the last eight years that there is more than a
little stickability here.
David Trimble rejecting calls for his resignation
I'm amazed at the response we're getting. We appear to be
getting a lot of first preferences in what were previously
Caitrione Ruane on her capture of an extra seat in South Down
We have to work with the hand that democracy deals us.
SDLP leader Mark Durkan after his party lost 25% of its seats
I don't think so. We get transfers across the board.
Jane Morrice denying that the Women's Coalition vote
had collapsed, before losing her seat.
If people had voted for those working hard on social issues, I
would have been elected
Billy Hutchinson of the Progressive Unionist Party, one of the
big name casualties
The British Government should put a deadline of a maximum of
three months on the life of the assembly which is more than
sufficient time to see if the political parties can come to a
cross-community consensus to make a Stormont Assembly and
administration stable and workable for the next four years.
Anti-Agreement UUP MP David Burnside
It's been a very good day for Ulster
There may be people in the DUP now who are saying they will
not talk to Sinn Fein but they will. The Ulster Unionists once
said no and ended up talking.
Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin, suggesting that Ian Paisley
was losing control and dominance of his party.
Today is the political equivalent of lying on the trolley in
the corridor of the emergency room. We all think we are
mortally wounded and nobody is coming to help us.
Newry and Armagh SDLP candidate John Fee watching the votes
being counted in Banbridge, where he lost his seat to
Decent people are getting the shove.
The SDLP's former Deputy Leader Seamus Mallon
We have in this part of Ireland, as a result of British rule,
a political slum
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams