Votes are being verified and counted on Thursday
BBC News Online takes a look at the quotes of the day as the final results in the Northern Ireland Assembly vote come in.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
It has been a good election for Sinn Fein. We will use our mandate wisely. We will seek to empower the peace process and advance the political process. There is a crisis within unionism that will need some patience for the rest
of us to show in the time ahead. We will look to Mr Blair and Mr Ahern to reiterate their commitment to fully
implementing the agreement.
Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble
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.
Lagan Valley UUP MP and new MLA Jeffrey Donaldson
I am eager for the Ulster Unionist Party to get out of the mess that it's in... 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 failed negotiations. They don't want to go back to that - it is time for change and they want a better agreement. If a vacancy arises (as UUP leader) I will consider putting my name forward.
Re-elected SDLP MLA John Dallat
Remember, the Sinn Fein vote is still largely a protest vote and not quite in the same category as the SDLP who have been there for 30 years trying to make politics work.
Defeated North Down Women's Coalition candidate Jane Morrice
It is a huge disappointment, but we won't allow it to stop us. We have campaigning to do. We are not going to be disillusioned that much. It is a small set back and we'll have to see where we go from here.
SDLP leader Mark Durkan
We have to work with the hand that democracy deals us. We are there as a solidly pro-Agreement party - that was the core of our message in this election and we needed to get a result that would help us to sustain the Agreement.
The fact is the result we have makes the job of sustaining the Agreement a lot harder.
South Antrim MP and new MLA David Burnside
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. If a voluntary coalition can come together between unionists and nationalists, all to the good.