Sinn Féin’s Pat Cullen ‘privileged’ to be new MP

SINN Féin’s Pat Cullen said she felt very proud that 24,844 people in Fermanagh and South Tyrone “put their trust in me” as she and her party romped to a landslide victory in last night’s Westminster election.

The former head of the Royal College of Nursing retained the seat for Sinn Féin, which was won in 2019 by Michelle Gildernew, after polling 24,844.

As expected, Fermanagh and South Tyrone was a two-person race, with Ms Cullen finishing with over 4,000 votes to spare over the UUP’s Diana Armstrong, who secured 20,273 votes.


“I’m absolutely buzzing tonight, absolutely delighted but very privileged, very humbled that the people have come out and elected me and put their trust in me,” Ms Cullen told reporters in Magherafelt in the early hours of Friday morning.

Alliance Party candidate Eddie Roofe finished third on 2,420 votes. His party’s total was 230 votes less than Matthew Beaumont’s 2,650 back in 2019.

The SDLP suffered a significant fall in their vote. Their candidate Paul Blake finished up on 2,386, which was over 1,000 votes less than what Adam Gannon polled in the previous Westminster election.

Meanwhile, Cross-Community Labour Alternative’s Gerry Cullen, who was competing in his seventh election, polled 624 votes. Carl Duffy from Aontú for Life, Unity, Economic Justice finished on 529 votes.

Check out Wednesday’s paper for full coverage from the Fermanagh and South Tyrone election.

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