Speaking following the end of the Westminster counts, Gerry Adams TD, Sinn Féin President said,
“I would like to thank all our candidates and their families and our party activists who worked tirelessly throughout this campaign.
“I would also like to thank the tens of thousands who came out to support Sinn Féin and entrust us with the mandate to oppose austerity, and build an inclusive, equal and united Ireland.
“Across constituencies Sinn Féin consolidated and built support. In many constituencies we faced a unionist pact held together by opposition to change, opposition to equality and in support of a union that is imposing austerity.
“This was most evident in Fermanagh/South Tyrone where all shades of unionism combined with the Tory party to unseat a republican woman.
“Given the small margin of difference Sinn Fein asked for a recount but this was refused.
“The people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone will come together to regain this seat from the right-wing unionist alliance. It will return a MP who will represent all in the constituency and demonstrate in word and deed a commitment to equality, respect and tolerance.”
Source: Sinn Féin Newsroom