Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill says ‘it’s time for real change’ as she is set to become First Minister

Sinn Fein’s First Minister-elect has said it is ‘time for real change’ as she is poised to make history as the first nationalist leader of Northern Ireland.

Michelle O’Neill has led Sinn Fein to a momentous victory as it is set to become the country’s biggest party for the first time in history in an election for the Stormont assembly.

The impending result means she will likely be nominated as First Minister, as the party expresses it’s intention to bring about a united Ireland within five years.

After what she described as ‘a historic day’, the 45-year-old described heralded the vote as ‘the election of a generation’ as she announced ‘it’s time for real change’, adding that her party ‘will work hard for everyone’.

Sinn Fein’s victory is likely to lead to more political gridlock at the assembly, which was collapsed by the DUP in February as it seeks to overturn Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement.

Neither Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s party or the Ulster Unionists have yet agreed to join a…

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