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Sinn Féin makes significant gains against DUP in Northern Ireland

The Irish nationalist party, Sinn Féin made substantial gains in Northern Ireland's snap election this week, leaving the pro-union DUP with only a one seat advantage. 

In elections which saw the highest voter turn out since the initial, elections after the 1998 Good Friday agreement, Sinn Fein won 27 of the 90 seats, whilst DUP won 28. 

Previously the DUP had a 10 seat advantage over Sinn Féin. 

The elections were called after the power sharing agreement fell apart last month. Sinn Féin and DUP have three weeks to form a government to avoid direct rule from Westminster.