"I'm absolutely elated" - Arlene Foster in high spirits following the conclusion of the Northern Ireland Assembly election

The DUP has emerged as the largest party once again

"I'm absolutely elated" - Arlene Foster in high spirits following the conclusion of the Northern Ireland Assembly election

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All 108 seats have been filled following the conclusion of the Northern Ireland Assembly election, with the DUP once again emerging as the largest party.

The DUP finished the campaign with 38 seats, followed by Sinn Féin who picked up 28 seats. These parties will now share power.

The SDLP and Ulster Unionists did not make the gains that they hoped for, claiming 12 and 16 seats respectively. The Alliance Party were allocated eight seats while the Green Party and People Before Profit Alliance both secured two seats.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has retained her First Minister role while Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness will maintain his second position.

The count finished up just before 5pm this evening and a delighted Foster said that this was a great day for her party:

"I'm absolutely elated. It's a marvelous day for the party but a really good day for the country as well and we've had some very very strong results."