Sinn Féin make significant gains in Dromore by-election
Sinn Féin's Council candidate in the Dromore Council by-election Paul Gribben has thanked the people who voted for him and he described the number of first preference votes and transfers he received as 'very encouraging.'
Mr Gribben said:
"I would like to pay tribute to my election team who worked so hard during an extensive canvas of the constituency and my to election agent, Cllr Dessie Ward, whose advice and guidance proved invaluable. I wish to also thank everyone who voted for me in this by-election and I believe that Sinn Féin's increased share of the vote is very encouraging. It means we are very well placed to make further gains in future elections and significantly increase our representation on Banbridge District Council.
"Whilst the media's focus in this election has been on the battle within Unionism, no one should underestimate the significance of this result for Sinn Féin. My party has for the first time in Dromore, surpassed the SDLP, and there is no doubt that we can build on this result. Our focus will be on working hard on the ground on a range of local issues right across this large rural constituency and I have no doubt we can increase our mandate further thus ensuring there is a radical pro-agreement republican voice representing Nationalists on Banbridge District Council.
"Cllr Dessie Ward has shown how one Sinn Féin Councillor can make a real and meaningful difference and what this latest poll shows is that the work of our Assembly Members and Ministers is being recognised and appreciated by an increasing number of voters who are voting for my party. This week's result is a further vindication of Sinn Féin's work at a local and national level." ENDS