Alliance Party (Northern Ireland)

And that's it...

After a tense weekend, the results of Northern Ireland's European election were announced faster than many predicted.

It was an election marked by an upsurge in support for the Alliance Party, and is the first time three women have been elected to represent the region in the European Parliament.

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An election of surprises all round

Jayne McCormack

BBC News NI

Counting has ended for the NI results of the European elections, with three women elected as MEPs for the first time ever. Over in under 12 hours, this election brought with it surprises that few saw coming.

Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson topped the poll but her vote was down. She took the third and final seat.

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The DUP’s Diane Dodds was the first elected, but it was Alliance leader Naomi Long who exceeded expectations. She took the second seat - and polled more than 170,000 votes - taking transfers from right across the spectrum.

The Ulster Unionists have some reflecting to do - they failed to retain the seat they’ve held for four decades, with Danny Kennedy only coming sixth.

Now the question is: How long will the three successful candidates be MEPs?

Long calls for closer working to address 'global challenges'

Making her victory speech, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said politicians need to "work more closely together to address the global challenges which face us all".

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"I want to see, not a Brexit from the EU, but I want to see us work closely together with those within the EU in order that we can deliver better for the people we represent here."

On her pro-Remain position, she said her mandate is "from the people who voted for me in this election".

Allister congratulates two of the winners

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Anderson 'delighted' for Naomi Long

Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson says she is "absolutely delighted" that Naomi Long has been elected.

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She says it is "a great outcome for the north of Ireland" that two of the region's three MEPs are from the Remain ticket.

The final scoreboard

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Women take all three NI seats in Europe

Jayne McCormack

BBC News NI

All three EU seats for Northern Ireland have been declared, with three women taking the seats for the first time ever.

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Diane Dodds of the DUP was the first over the quota to retain her seat.

Two pro-remain candidates have been returned, with Alliance leader Naomi Long recording a huge vote of more than 170,000. Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson took the final seat with more than 150,000 votes.

Counting has finished, wrapping up very quickly here in Magherafelt.

Naomi Long elected

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Alliance Party leader Naomi Long becomes an MEP, receiving 170,370 votes after transfers.

Come fly with me

Michael Long tells BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra he isn't too worried about possible future trips to Brussels, where his wife, Naomi, is likely to be based.

"We’ve had changes before, obviously Naomi was in Westminster for five years so we were in London and then she was back to the Assembly," he said.

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"So we just have to get used to our different travel arrangements. I’m sure it’ll be exciting and a new challenge."