Down to the wire in North Belfast

The bitter contest for the constituency is regarded by most as the ultimate ‘green versus orange’ sectarian headcount – and it’s likely to be tight

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
8th December, 2019
Down to the wire in North Belfast
Sinn Fein's candidate John Finucane (left) meets former boxer Paddy Fitzsimmons while out canvassing in north Belfast with party colleague Pearse Doherty (right). Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Sinn Féin’s North Belfast candidate John Finucane is knocking on doors on the busy Antrim Road with a team of supporters when he stops to point out the wrought-iron gates of St Malachy’s College, where he was educated.

One of the oldest Catholic schools in the country, the entrance leads to the imposing Victorian-era structure, behind which lie the college’s sports pitches.

Finucane remembers how the pitches...

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