New dawn for the Alliance Party, or a flash in the pan?

New dawn for the Alliance Party, or a flash in the pan?

After decades in the doldrums, the Alliance Party made an impressive showing in last week’s local elections in the North. Is this a sign that tribal politics are losing their appeal?

While politics in the North continues to be dominated by the DUP and Sinn Féin, the main talking point of last week’s local elections was the surge in the vote for the cross-community, centralist Alliance Party.

This was the Alliance’s best election result in 42 years, attracting 11.6 per cent of the votes, increasing its number of councillors by 65 per cent and securing representation on 10 out of 11 councils. It almost...

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