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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Adams retains West Belfast seat
Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams was the first MP elected in Northern Ireland's count
The first of Northern Ireland's 18 general election seats has been won by the Sinn Fein president.

Gerry Adams retained his West Belfast seat with 24,348 votes, with the SDLP's Alex Attwood coming second with 5,033 votes.

Counting for the Westminster seats is expected to continue late into Friday.

Meanwhile, the DUP is being tipped to take a number of seats from the Ulster Unionists. These are thought to include East and South Antrim.

In East Antrim, UUP sources have conceded that the DUP's Sammy Wilson is out in front while, in South Antrim, David Burnside of the UUP has appeared despondent because of a lower than hoped for turnout.

His rival, William McCrea of the DUP, said he was "quietly confident."

"It is certainly looking quite good," he said.

In South Belfast, where Ulster Unionist Martin Smyth stepped down, UUP and DUP sources are both conceding that the SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell is in front.

Election count centre
Counting is in full swing in Northern Ireland

Michael McGimpsey of the UUP is said to be in third place.

Earlier, Gerry Adams was confronted by two of the Omagh relatives as he arrived at the count in Belfast City Hall. He made no comment to the protesters.

Victor Barker and Michael Gallagher were accompanied by human rights campaigner Dr Liam Kennedy who is also contesting the West Belfast seat.

After the result was announced Mr Adams said: "We stood on this election on three main planks.

"It was about dialogue. When others were negative, we gave hope.

"It was about getting the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process back on track and it's about a united Ireland."

Meanwhile in Foyle, DUP candidate William Hay has said some unionists voted tactically in an attempt to prevent Sinn Fein from winning that seat.

Mr Hay said he had been at several polling stations in the city and was in no doubt that tactical voting took place.

Ballot boxes across Northern Ireland were opened at about 0900 BST to be verified, before counting started.

The counting of papers in the local council election does not begin until Monday.

A total of 918 people are competing for 582 council seats.





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